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AFSA annual conference and awards dinner is a huge success

As you may have read, last week we headed down to London to participate in the Asian Fire Service Association’s annual conference and awards dinner.  As a firm, we are committed to equality and diversity and it was a delight to be surrounded by so many people who share our passion for work forces that are culturally diverse.  

The event kicked off in style with a warm welcome from the hosts, London Fire Commission Ron Dobson and AFSA Chair Diane Dunlevey.  As the morning progressed, there was a thought provoking Q&A session with key personnel from the fire service which brought with it some challenging questions about how the fire service can achieve its desire for cultural inclusion.  

The afternoon brought with it a series of workshops and our very own Samira Cakali presented her top tips on avoiding employment tribunal claims, with a focus on discrimination in the workplace.  The interactive session led to some interesting discussions relating to the delegates own experiences and the feedback we received was excellent.  Delegates found our workshop relevant to their needs and rated the content and delivery as excellent.

The end of day one saw the evening come alive with culture as the awards dinner commenced.  The black tie event brought with it a burst of colour with many of the attendees donning beautiful cultural attire which left us speechless.  The awards nominees were truly inspiring and were recognised for their commitment to the promotion of equality and diversity.  We were honoured to sponsor and present the award for Champion of Equality and Diversity to Katie Cornhill of Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service for her accomplishments.  The evening also saw West Yorkshire’s very own Balvinder Bains take home the award for Positive Action and Mohammed Ali the award for Outstanding Endeavour by an AFSA Member.  We would like to offer our congratulations to all of the award winners and nominees.

Day two began with the history of AFSA before moving on to discuss how the fire service could embed equality, diversity and inclusion at its heart.  The morning continued with a number of key speeches, including how human rights can be protected in Britain before an interactive session which showed why diversity is a reality but inclusion is a choice.  After lunch, four more workshops were offered up to the delegates before the conference was brought to a close.

Samira Cakali, Director of SCE Solicitors said of the event “It was a pleasure having been asked to present at the conference particularly as diversity is an issue very close to my heart. It was great to see so many people working towards a common goal”.

Mandy Walton, Associate Solicitor at SCE Solicitors said “I’ve always been passionate about equality and diversity and to be involved in the AFSA conference and awards was truly inspirational.  It’s encouraging to see so many people working towards such an important goal.”

We would like to thank the AFSA team for looking after us so well during the conference and for allowing us to be part of such a wonderful event.

Samira Cakali

Samira Cakali is a pragmatic and approachable solicitor advocate with extensive contentious and non-contentious experience in the fields of employment law as well as civil litigation, within a range of commercial businesses from SME’s to multinationals as well as senior executives.

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