A solicitor who first qualified as a cardiology nurse is hoping to address a lack of awareness in Asian communities about clinical negligence and other legal issues through a legal advice radio show.
Nina Ali, a partner at London family and personal injury firm Hodge Jones & Allen, took part in the English language broadcast on Bengali station Betar Bangla last Thursday.
Ali and housing law partner Daniel Fitzpatrick took questions in relation to new legislation giving landlords responsibility for checking their tenants’ immigration status and how to make a complaint against the NHS.
Ali came up with the idea for the show following chats with her mother’s former carer on how little awareness there was in the Asian community of clinical negligence and other legal issues.
The carer introduced Ali to the owner of Betar Bangla, which broadcasts to over 70,000 listeners and a further 30,000 online, at a social event.
Ali said: ‘Daniel and I are keen to make the programme not only informative but also to invite discussion on the relevant legal issues of the day and for the programme to grow organically. We intend to have guests from all specialisms over a period of time in law to ensure all areas are covered.’ Ali said she is hoping to bring in guests from her firm as well as former colleagues from her time as a cardiology nurse.
‘It’s all very well just representing clients. But there is so much misinformation and lack of knowledge,’ she said.