Hogan Lovells’ Sengova Kailondo scoops junior solicitor of the yr gong in reminiscence of Aya Hachem

Aya Hachem (Credit score: PA)

A College of Salford legislation scholar who was killed in a tragic drive-by taking pictures has been honoured at an annual authorized awards ceremony.

Aya Hachem, 19, was simply meters from her house in Blackburn, Lancashire, when she was reportedly shot dead from a car window in May this year. Hachem had simply handed her second yr legislation exams and harboured ambitions to develop into a solicitor. Police mentioned she was not the supposed goal of the assault.

The Regulation Society of England and Wales has now honoured Hachem’s passing by issuing one among their awards in her title.

The transfer was led by Sahar Farooqi, a barrister and former head of DWF Advocacy, who had launched an online petition calling on The Regulation Society so as to add Hachem’s title, posthumously, to the roll of solicitors. ‘Put Aya on the Roll’ obtained 1000’s of reactions on the time.

Upon reaching out to the governing our bodies, The Regulation Society and the Solicitors Regulation Authority, we have been instructed that “the roll of solicitors is an expert register and admission is ruled by the Solicitors Act 1974 — [it] doesn’t enable for honorary additions”.

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Farooqi mentioned: “Sadly, so as to add Aya posthumously to the roll would have required legislative change.”

He continued:

“Nonetheless, The Regulation Society, and particularly, outgoing president, Simon Davis, labored with me to create a easy however significant tribute to honour Aya. Her household will even be welcomed on the Society when doable to obtain a framed letter commemorating Aya’s life and authorized ambitions.”

Final week, Sengova Kailondo was named The Regulation Society’s junior solicitor of the yr, an award issued in reminiscence of Hachem. Kailondo fled war-torn Sierra Leone to begin a brand new life in London 17 years in the past. The now Hogan Lovells affiliate impressed the judges together with his dedication to range and inclusion.

Eight folks have now been charged with the homicide of Hachem and the tried homicide of their supposed goal. They’re on account of stand trial subsequent yr.

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