Last weekend (30th March), clinical negligence and personal injury solicitor Nilma Shah and family and child care solicitor Sarah Rashid attended the TUC Midlands Annual Conference in Derby in order to meet with TUC delegates from across the Midlands and deliver specialist legal advice and support as well as highlight the most telling issues surrounding access to justice today.
The Trade Union Congress – which celebrated 150 years of trade unionism last year - is a national trade union centre, representing the majority of trade unions in England and Wales. Throughout its history the TUC has been fighting for safe workplaces and wages that a life and home can be built upon, today the TUC strives to ensure that every job is up to standard and that everyone at work is treated with respect. Jointly 5.5 million working people are brought together by the TUC making up 51 member unions. The TUC Midlands’ Annual Conference was held in order for union members to be nominated to become a part of the TUC committee.
Solicitors Sarah Rashid and Nilma Shah at the TUC Midlands Conference
Those in attendance included a number of charities and organisations that are in support of the unions; these included Stand Up to Racism, the Indian Workers Association, Derbyshire Asbestos Support Team, Shrewsbury 24, and the Trade Union Safety Team. Nilma and Sarah met with many of the representatives of these various organisations, informing them of the work carried out by Duncan Lewis and demonstrating that the services we offer are in line with the values and ethos of the TUC.
One of those attending was Kyri Ermoyenous, a 14 year old ambassador for Period Power, a charity that is working to eradicate period poverty. Kyri gave a speech at the opening of the conference highlighting the need for more schools to be aware of the issue and how there are many young girls that do not have the funds to pay for sanitary products.
Sarah and Nilma with Period Power's youth ambassador Kyri Ermoyenous (centre)
Others included Mario Ermoyenous from The Black Country Partnership Mental Health NHS Trust, a major provider of mental health, learning disability and community healthcare services for people across the Black Country; and Matthew Pointon from unionlearn the skills and learning service of the TUC.
Lee Barron, the TUC Midlands regional secretary was also in attendance and met with Nilma and Sarah to discuss Duncan Lewis’ services. It was Lee Barron who invited Duncan Lewis to attend the TUC Conference after having previously met Nilma and the team of Duncan Lewis lawyers who attended the Labour Party Conference
in September 2018.
Sarah, Nilma and TUC Midlands' Regional Secretary Lee Barron
Thanks to Nilma and Sarah’s hard work, we were able to encourage those attending - both delegates and fellow exhibitors – to enlist our services should they require legal assistance in the future. These are troubled times with Brexit still undecided and many workers not knowing where to turn for guidance or help. Whether it is to discuss their employment rights, assist with family and child care matters, or offer advice regarding their immigration status, with solicitors practising in 25 different areas of law in offices throughout London and across England and Wales, we are able to offer the much needed support and advice to those who require it.
If you would like to get in touch with our attendees, contact:
Nilma Shah on 020 3114 1274
or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Rashid on 020 7275 2566
or at email@example.com