Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Indian-origin woman among Britain's top 10 powerful lawyers

Indian-origin lawyer and Britain's foremost human rights advocate Shami Chakrabarti figures among the top 10 most powerful lawyers in The Times' annual list of the Top 100 club.

This is another feather in the cap for Chakrabarti, who is already considered among the top 50 most powerful people in Britain. Knighted by the Queen for her contribution to law and human rights in 2007, she beat Tony Blair and David Cameron in a 2006 vote for Britain's most inspiring figure.

In 2005, she was on the BBC's shortlist of the 10 people who may run Britain.

A law graduate from the London School of Economics, she currently heads one of the world's best known human rights organisations, Liberty. She has recently been appointed as chancellor of Oxford Brookes University.

According to the list, Britain's topmost lawyer is senior law lord, Lord Bingham of Cornhill, and Justice secretary and Lord Chancellor Jack Straw comes second. The Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, Lord Philips of Worth Matravers, is third. Shami Chakrabarti is ninth on the list.

Source - http://www.siliconindia.com/shownews/43812

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