Lubna Shuja, immediate past president of the Law Society, picked up a lifetime achievement award at the Asian Legal Awards at a glittering ceremony in central London last Saturday.

Shuja, who qualified as a solicitor in 1992 and established Legal Swan Solicitors in Birmingham 15 years later, became the first Asian and first Muslim president of the Law Society when she took office in October 2022.

The annual awards are organised by the Society of Asian Lawyers to champion and celebrate legal excellence in the Asian community.

Other winners on the night included Irwin Mitchell partner Shah Qureshi, head of the national firm’s employment and professional discipline team in London, who was named ‘civil lawyer of the year’.

Qureshi said: ‘This award is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our entire team especially in supporting whistleblowers and those that suffer discrimination in their working lives. I am grateful for the trust and support of our clients, as well as the opportunities to make a positive impact in the legal profession.’