01 June 2012
‘One of the best human rights lawyers in England and Wales’
wins CILEx Pro Bono Medal
At our Annual Presidential Luncheon yesterday, 31 May 2012, The
Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) awarded its Pro
Bono Medal 2011 to a member who has been described as ‘one of the
best human rights lawyers in England and Wales’.
Chartered Legal Executive Muhammed Abdul Muid Khan, who is also
a barrister, is considered by his nominees as a model of excellence
for his colleagues and upon winning a landmark immigration case,
where he defended the victim free of charge, the Honorable
Immigration Judge Mr. Moulden described him in open court as one of
the best human rights lawyers of England and Wales.
CILEx Judges were also impressed by how Mr. Khan undertook
various cases and still found time to provide free legal advice at
his weekly clinic.
Keith Edgar, from Peveral Group, sponsor of the medal, said: “Mr
Khan’s dedication to helping others through his Pro Bono work is
both outstanding and inspirational. He also demonstrates that
Pro Bono work can be personally rewarding, recently winning a
landmark case and being commended for his robust legal
arguments. Pro Bono is not just about doing something good
once; it’s about an ongoing commitment to helping others. In
his field, Mr. Khan delivers that ongoing commitment in
CILEx President, Susan Silver, echoed the praise: “Mr. Khan is
an inspiration to lawyers everywhere. He typifies what Pro Bono
work is all about and is a credit to CILEx. With access to justice
for all now seriously compromised by the LASPO bill, Mr. Khan shows
that we can still help the most vulnerable receive the legal
support they need and deserve. I am delighted that he has been
recognised in this way.”
As the winner of the CILEx Pro Bono Medal, Mr. Kahn will receive
a commemorative trophy and certificate, as well as a cheque of £750
which goes to his charity of choice The Prince’s Trust.
CILEx also wanted to highlight one other nominee who carries out
significant Pro Bono work internationally in relation to the
illegal trade in Tigers and other Asian Big Cats. Chartered Legal
Executive Richard Hargreaves has worked tirelessly to draft
wildlife protection law and support wildlife NGOs in their
campaigns to protect endangered species.
Picture shows winner with medal judges: (l-r) Philip Warford,
Muhammed Abdul Muid Khan, Phillip Partridge and Keith Edgar.