Exciting new times for London and Law

One of the highlights of having worked at Hackney Community Law Centre over the past few years has been the opportunity for me, as its Business Development Manager (BDM), to test out new projects and initiatives with complete freedom and support from my Manager and the Board of Directors. Last month, wearing my HCLC BDM hat, I was chuffed to work with the brilliant Legal Geek who hosted Europe’s first ever Law Tech hackathon for HCLC at Google Campus in Shoreditch. It’s an exciting time for both law and tech in London and I am really excited to be a part of it. Read more about the Legal Geek/HCLC hackathon HERE and watch a lovely one minute video (set to music) of the hackathon’s highlights below.

Museum of Grooves International Women’s Month Show

Cdnz6SZXEAAjqtiI really enjoyed taking part in Hackney based Reel Rebels Radio‘s Museum of Grooves’ International Women’s Month programme on Tuesday evening, following an invitation from the programme’s presenter Patrick Vernon OBE. Over the course of the show, Lambeth Councillor Jacqui Dyer and I discussed Hackney Community Law Centre, gender equality, mental health and our favourite tunes! You can listen to the programme HERE (my interview starts at 46 minutes approx).

Saluting the Survivors of The Rivonia Trial

RivoniaI visited the Guardian Newspaper’s offices for the first time last night to listen to former ANC leader Denis Goldberg and Denis’ and Nelson Mandela’s Rivonia Trial lawyer Joel Joffe in conversation with former British High Court judge Nick Stadlen.

The event was held for Guardian newspaper members, as the men are in London to receive the freedom of the City of London from UK Prime Minister David Cameron. Continue reading “Saluting the Survivors of The Rivonia Trial”

Nine Lives (& Sir Ian McKellen!)

Nine-Lives-1-463x650Congratulations to everyone at the West Yorkshire Playhouse for producing the brilliant ‘Nine Lives’ play, which I attended at Dalston’s Arcola Theatre last night, in order to support the work of the UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group (UKLGIG). Formidable Hackney Community Law Centre trustee Paul Dillane is UKLGIG’s Director.

Nine Lives focuses on the story of Ismail, a young gay man from Zimbabwe who fled the country after being persecuted because of his sexuality. Continue reading “Nine Lives (& Sir Ian McKellen!)”

Meeting Marlon James

Miranda and Marlon gimpA wonderful day at London’s Southbank Centre (my favourite place in London) yesterday attending its ‘Being a Man Festival‘.

I attended a few of the sessions but, by far, my favourite was the discussion entitled ‘Kanye West and the Paradox of Black Male Identity in Hip-Hop’, which was chaired by the writer and broadcaster Ekow Eshun in conversation with 2015 Booker prize winner Marlon James and Matrix Chambers barrister Matthew Ryder QC.

Marlon was kind enough to sign a copy of his Booker prize winning ‘A Brief History of Seven Killings‘ for me afterwards.