The Hot 100 career quiz: Chadwick Lawrence's Asma Iqbal – The Lawyer

“Don’t rush critical strategy decisions. Better to take some time to consider; as time passes, more information, and further consideration and consultation usually help get to the right judgment call.”
“I was intimidated by the profession when I started out.”
Name: Paul Mann Organisation: Squire Patton Boggs Based: Leeds Role: European head of private equity Trained at: Hammonds Year qualified: 2005 Read his Hot 100 profile here What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee? We had a rotational training contract which allowed me to spend time in each of our London, Birmingham and […]
“Judges are now firmly trained out of playing silly games which undermine trust in the system.”
“Do not be afraid of challenges, obstacles, knock-backs and believe in yourself.”
Name: Asma Iqbal
Organisation: Chadwick Lawrence
Role: Partner
Based: Leeds and Bradford
Trained at: Ralph C Yablon Solicitors in Bradford
Year qualified: 1999
Read her Hot 100 profile
What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee?
Assisting the family partner in a case acting on behalf of a father and witnessing a ruling which denied the father any contact with his children until they were of an age to decide for themselves if they wished to have any contact.  It was a disturbing and upsetting case and was the first time I saw the justice system have an impact on day-to-day life in a family setting.
What is the thing in your professional career that has terrified you or taken you out of your comfort zone the most?
Being the driving force behind Azeem Rafiq’s institutional racism complaint against Yorkshire County Cricket Club and bringing an Employment Tribunal Claim within the investigation which was more than two years out of time under the strict time limits which apply to such claims.
This case has been described as the watershed moment which gives sports men and women a platform to speak out about their own experiences of racism without fear of retribution, but it did, for me, take me out of my comfort zone, as I was dealing with emotions and real-life consequences where the outcome of the case could not be predicted.  I was extremely proud of the outcome achieved and this has received a large amount of media coverage.
What is the wisest thing anyone ever said to you (and who said it)?
My dad – if I could afford it, the best form of education for you would be to travel the world.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to get to where you are/do the job you do?
Do not be afraid of challenges, obstacles, knock-backs and believe in yourself.
What’s your best friend from law school doing now?
I am married to him!
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