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2020 Bar Pro Bono Awards winners announced

A record-breaking number of nominees celebrated on 4th November 2020 at the Bar Pro Bono Awards, Advocate's prestigious virtual awards ceremony.

Amanda Pinto QC, Chair of the Bar Council and a judge for the awards, said:

"It has been a wonderful privilege to read about everyone's extraordinary pro bono work when judging the awards. Congratulations to all! Truly inspiring."

Junior Pro Bono Barrister of the Year was won by Doughty Street barrister Zimran Samuel. Horrified by the sharp rise in domestic abuse directly caused by the UK lockdown, Zimran spent 10 weeks of lockdown advising and representing victims of domestic violence with no access to legal assistance. The judges also awarded 'Highly Commended' to four of the nominees including Amritpal Bachu of 1MCB, Bojana Asanovic of Lamb Building, Sarah Pinder of Goldsmith Chambers, and Sarah Salmon of Field Court Chambers.

This year's Pro Bono Queen's Counsel is Ben Collins QC from Old Square Chambers, who also undertook a large amount of pro bono work in relation to the pandemic. He led a team of barristers who, when the furlough scheme was first announced, embarked on a huge volume of work raising and pursuing legal challenges on behalf of those excluded from the scheme and from new sick pay provisions. For his outstanding encouragement for all in chambers, Anthony Metzer QC of Goldsmith Chambers was Highly Commended.

Sangeetha Iengar of Goldsmith Chambers was honoured as winner of the International Pro Bono Barrister of the Year for her remarkable range of work. She is particularly dedicated to helping refugees and spent weeks assisting asylum seekers on the Greek island of Lesvos, leading an important partnership between her chambers and non-governmental organisation, Fenix Humanitarian Legal Aid.

Pro Bono Chambers of the Year went to Goldsmith Chambers (who also produced five of the nominees) for outstanding encouragement of its members and its partnerships with external organisations. Pro Bono Chambers Professional was awarded to Nick Levett from Outer Temple Chambers for co-ordinating five different pro bono schemes.

For a report on the Advocate website, click here. For a brochure listing all the nominees and describing their pro bono contributions, click here.