As Practice Manager, Saadia Sharmin has been recently responsible for overseeing the accelerated growth of the firm’s practice.
Saadia is also responsible for the day-to-day running of the legal practice with a primary focus on maintaining quality mark standards, legal, regulatory and data protection compliance, risk management, performance, change management and process implementation, marketing, and brand management.
She provides training, development, and support to our offices to ensure that the firm’s strategic objectives are met and that the quality of services being offered by our respective legal departments is second to none.
Saadia also, on behalf of the firm, provides development support to external stakeholders on various aspects of legal business management & quality standards compliance through leading pilot management schemes and undertaking media work, seminars, and presentations.
Our Clients appreciate her strategic insights and pragmatic, “unlawyerly”, approach when instructing us.
Saadia is hugely passionate about promoting and encouraging diversity and inclusion. Since joining the firm, she has introduced several measures within the firm to support this. She oversaw a transformation in the equality and diversity training to any tackle any potential issues such as unconscious bias and provide a greater overall understanding of the subject.
She was also the driving force behind the trainee blind recruitment policy which takes out education, demographic and socio-economic factors so the best candidates get the roles regardless of background. She also mentors those from underprivileged backgrounds in helping them understand her role with shadowing and regular coaching sessions with organisations such as the University of Westminster and the Old Cowperians.
Saadia also serves as the Chief Communications Officer to the Shaheen Mamun & Simao Paxi-Cato Foundation and Assistant to Avril Calder of the International Association of Youth and Family Judges and Magistrates.
She also previously volunteered as the Sponsorship Manager to the Maternal Aid Association.
Saadia began her professional career in the Education sector. She initially worked as a School Librarian before becoming an Administrator in the Humanities Department for a Secondary School.
After a period working as a Recruitment Consultant and as an Administrative Assistant at several law firms, Saadia transferred into the Retail sector where she went on to become one of the youngest Store Managers at one of the UK’s leading high street retailers after demonstrating her natural leadership qualities.
Awards & Nominations
- Finalist in the Inspirational Women In Law Awards 2021 in the ‘Paralegal of the Year’ Category
- London Ambassador to Women in the Law UK
- Muslim Women’s Network UK
- Association of Asian Women Lawyers
- Time to Change Champion with Mind
- Volunteer at Maternal Aid Association