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Athena SWAN - Career challenges for women in law and business

Lisa Giovanetti QC

Career challenges for women in law

UEL Athena SWAN and Women’s Network host a discussion on career challenges and inspirations for women in Law (specifically at the Bar) and in Business.

21st April 2016 - Stratford, University Square, USS.​​2.44

Arrive at 12pm for refreshments, 

12.15-1.15 Discussion / Q&A followed by networking (ends 2pm)

Come and join the discussion. All welcome


Lisa Giovannetti, QC: ‘Women at the Bar - Career challenges and inspirations’

Lisa will talk from a personal perspective about work at the Bar; about challenges, opportunities and inspirations for career progression in this field.

Lisa has a broad public law practice, with a particular focus on human rights, asylum, immigration, and civil liberties. She is recognised as a leading silk in those fields by The Legal 500, and is also recommended for administrative and public law and immigration by Chambers & Partners, who describe her as “much admired” and “sought after for her expertise”. An experienced and versatile advocate, Lisa advises and represents a wide range of clients, including Government Departments and agencies, public bodies and private individuals. She has extensive experience of a wide range of courts and tribunals including the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court and has represented the UK before the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights.

Shernaz Engineer​: 'Women in Business and Entrepreneurship'

​Shernaz will reflect on her experiences and challenges she encountered starting her own business in recruitment and also on the key elements that people continue to look for when employing staff

Shernaz was born in Pakistan and came to the UK in 1966.  She has been in recruitment for the past 30 years. ​She started her career in Recruitment with a High Street Agency, then moving on to a smaller agency where she was promoted to Director.  23 years ago she started Verity Appointments which was primarily a Legal Secretarial Agency and now encompasses general business support staff.  Later on Shernaz started Veracity Education which supplies Teachers to schools.​​

She is involved with various charities.  She is Vice-Chair of 'Learning for Life' which promotes primary education for girls in Nepal, Bangladesh, India and Pakistan.  She is also a trustee of 'Tamasha Theatre Company', board member of 'Asian Women's Resource Centre' which helps women suffering from domestic violence and deals with forced marriage issues. She is also Chair of 'Zoroastrian Chamber of Commerce' – UK Chapter. Shernaz was a winner of the European Federation of Black Business Owners in 2000.  A finalist for the 'Asian Women of Achievement Awards'.  In July 2003 she was awarded the 'London Day Business Award' by Ken Livingstone for making a difference to life in the capital and won the 'Asian Achievers Award in 2011 for business in the community.

​Further information to follow. 


Thursday, 21 April 2016