Former Acting Chief Justice of Bangladesh Imman Ali at the Grand Opening of Barrister Nazir Ahmed’s Law Chamber in London

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Desk Report: “Access to justice is the main pillar of the rule of law. The better the quality of lawyers in a society, the better the quality of the rule of law and judicial process. When people are sick, they go to the doctor without recourse, just like when they are victims of injustice and have no recourse, people resort to lawyers to get rights or to ensure justice. Lawyers help them get justice or get their rights back with their integrity, skill and competence. The rule of law will remain only in theory or on the books unless the general public can be ensured easy access to the justice system. In 1966 I saw no Bangladeshi solicitors practicing in Britain. It is good to see hundreds of lawyers practicing in the mainstream in Britain today.

I have known and been close to Barrister Nazir Ahmed for a long time. Multi-talented personality Barrister Nazir Ahmed is a well-known name among British-Bangladeshis in Britain, a trusted place in the field of law. I also take legal advice from him from time to time. I am confident that Barrister Nazir Ahmed’s extensive legal knowledge of 25 years will enable the new Chambers to provide legal services more efficiently at a larger scale.”

Former Acting Chief Justice of Bangladesh Justice Mohammad Imman Ali said the above words at the Grand Opening of the Law Chambers of renowned lawyer Barrister Nazir Ahmed in London last Friday (16 February 2024). It is noted that the reputed law firm Lincoln’s Chambers Solicitors of the well-known British media personality and legal expert Barrister Nazir Ahmed, who has been providing legal services for two and a half decades, has started a new journey on a larger scale at a new venue. The Chamber was buzzing with the procession of more than three hundred invited guests of various classes/professions, including more than a hundred lawyers, on Friday starting from after Jummah up until 11pm. Barrister Nazir Ahmed and his recently qualified daughter Barrister Farhana Ahmed welcomed the guests and exchanged greetings. Guests are treated by a variety of snacks, desserts, soft drinks and a variety of traditional Asian dishes. The guests felicitated Barrister Nazir Ahmed with sweets, cakes and flowers.

Former Acting Chief Justice of Bangladesh Justice Mohammad Imman Ali, Founder of Channel S Mahi Ferdous Jalil, British Tribunal and Court of Protection Judge Najrul Khasru, prominent Journalist and Community Leader KM Abu Taher Chowdhury and Central Chairperson of Greater Sylhet Council (GSC) Barrister Ataur Rahman among others inaugurated the new office by cutting the ribbon at around 6:30 pm.

Before the Grand Opening, Barrister Nazir Ahmed presided and lawyer Amin Chowdhury conducted a short inaugural session. The Chief Guest of the programme was the former Acting Chief Justice of Bangladesh Justice Mohammad Imman Ali. A short discussion and prayers were conducted by Shaikh SM Abdul Qayyum, the leading Islamic thinker in Britain and the Head Khatib of East London Mosque, one of the largest Mosques in Europe, and a former teacher at the Islamic University of Malaysia. Special Guests who spoke at the Inaugural Session were: Channel S Founder Mahi Ferdous Jalil, Tribunal and Court of Protection Judge Najrul Khosru, eminent Journalist and Community Leader KM Abu Taher Chowdhury, President of the British Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BBCCI) Saidur Rahman Renu JP, Founder President of the Society of British Bangladeshi Solicitors (SBBS) Solicitor Sohul Ahmed, former President of the BBCCI Professor Shahagir Bakht Faruk, General Secretary of London Bangla Press Club Journalist Taysir Mahmud, Journalist and Writer Abdul Munim Jahedi Karol, Head of Taj Solicitors Barrister Taj Shah, Community Leader Mirza Ashab Baig, Principal of MQ Hassan Solicitors Barrister MQ Hassan, former Judge of Bangladesh judiciary Barrister Mazibur Rahman, Chartered Accountant MA Muhith, Lawyer and Media Personality Nashit Rahman.

The speakers praised Barrister Nazir Ahmed, saying that he is a multi-talented person. His walks are in all areas of society and community. Barrister Nazir Ahmed, who is very personable and has a very pleasant manner, is considered a place of trust and conscience by the Bengali community in Britain. His writings and words in the media and the way he provides legal services to the people are in one word unique. The speakers wished Barrister Nazir Ahmed and his Chambers continued success.

In addition, those who visited and congratulated from noon to 11pm are: former Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) Dr M A Bari MBE DL, President of the SBBS Solicitor Farida Hakim, Head of News of the Channel S Journalist Kamal Mehdi, Barrister Syed Afzal Jami, Secretary General of the SBBS Solicitor Mahadi Hassan, Barrister Masud Chowdhury, Barrister Abul Kalam Chowdhury, Senior Journalist of TVONE Zakir Hossain Koyes, Journalist Foysol Mahmud, Barrister Salah Uddin Suman, Barrister Chowdhury Jinnat Ali, Solicitor Zahir Ahmad, Senior Producer of Channel S Ahad Ahmed, Barrister Nurul Ghaffar, UK Bureau In-Charge of the Bangla Vision Journalist M A Hannan, UK Correspondent of the Manabjamin Journalist Khaled Masud Roni, Former President of the SBBS Solicitor Dewan Mahdi, Accountant Nurujjaman, Barrister MA Muhit Khan, Barrister Tareq Chowdhury, Barrister Shahidul Islam Mamun, Barrister Saifuddin Khaled, Senior Reporter of the Channel S Journalist Rezaul Karim Mridha, Solicitor Hifjur Rahman, Barrister Khaled Noor, Solicitor Muhammad Salim, Journalist MA Qayyum, Barrister Sayed Baki, Barrister Abdullah Al Noman, Solicitor Imrul Hussain Sheikh, BBCCI Director Abul Kalam Azad, Professor Abdul Hye, Journalist Zubair Ahmad, Accountant Rabbir Hasain, Journalist Khan Jamal Nurul Islam, Barrister Enamul Haque, Journalist Hasnat Chowdhury, Managing Director of Travel Link Sami Abdullah, Journalist Aminur Chowdhury, Human Rights Activist Misbah Uddin, former Councilor and Novelist Shah Shuhel, prominent businessmen Hasinuzzaman Nuru and Farooq Mia among others.

Barrister Nazir Ahmed thanked all the invited guests. He said that in the last two and a half decades of legal career, I have tried to call white as white and black as black. Conscientiousness and accountability in the hereafter were the guides of my legal career. I have tried to help the clients with the best possible professional qualifications and skills to ensure justice and get their rights back by saying what is there without exaggerating the merits of any case. In return, I got the genuine respect, respect and love of many people. And these will be the path on our way. I am determined to continue to work for my community, society and country with my talent and skills.

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