July was a busy month for Bradford’s innovative family law practice SKB Law. The firm’s Managing Partner, Sarah Khan-Bashir MBE became the only solicitor in Yorkshire shortlisted as Woman Solicitor of the Year in the Law Society Excellence Awards.
The Awards showcase the best of the profession, with this year’s Awards receiving a “record number of nominations.” Winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on 23 October. Closer to Bradford, Sarah collected the Community Contribution Award at the 2019 Bradford Bradford Business Awards on 18 July.
Both awards recognise Sarah’s role in transforming SKB Law into a modern legal practice, combining professional legal services with social impact.
Since becoming Managing Partner in 2017, Sarah has committed the firm to improving the lives of its clients and the wider community. Sarah believes that “customer service is where SKB Law really excels,” stating “family law is one of the hardest areas of law, so we offer every client a free 30-minute consultation in a trusted space, so they can discuss any issues such as divorce, children or financial matters.” With over 20 years’ experience as a solicitor, Sarah and her team also provide specialist advice to clients who wish to discuss Islamic divorce or property rights.
The Awards recognised the firm’s recently launched Academy. Sarah says “she wanted the firm to help more young people and women to enter the legal profession. Today, the Academy offers:
- Employability workshops in schools across Bradford – equipping young people with practical skills to bridge the gap between education and employment. The programme is now a key part of the firm’s work, with the firm’s solicitors also sharing their experiences with students. Workshop partners have included Schofield Sweeney, ITV, BBC, Bradford Literature Festival, The Armed Forces, Baroness Warsi, BBC journalist Sabbiyah Pervez, Penny Appeal, West Yorkshire Police, Bradford City Council, and Yorkshire Building Society. Sarah delivers the programme alongside managing her firm – it shows one person can make a massive impact in their community.
- Structured work placements for students – over the last twelve months, SKB Law has provided fifteen students with an insight to legal processes and law firms.Asked what next for the firm, Sarah said “we have big plans! We want to help improve more lives. We’re already digitising our services with Clio, which will help us deliver even better customer service for our clients across the country. We’d like the Academy to offer more work placements, and support even more women and young people to enter the legal profession.”