Geldards Senior Associate Aysha Chouhdary appointed as Cardiff & District Law Society Council Member
Geldards is delighted that Aysha Chouhdary has been appointed as a Council member for Cardiff & District Law Society. Aysha is a Senior Associate in the Family team at Geldards with a broad range of expertise in family law and with a particular specialism in religious, cultural and international matters, specifically Shariah Law/Islamic Rulings.
Cardiff & District Law Society represents the interests of legal professionals in the region and is made up of a diverse body of members who help champion access to justice for all. The Law Society provides a range of training and networking opportunities to members to support their professional development as well as networking forums and well-being support.
Aysha has long been an advocate for Cardiff & District Law Society representing interests through their Ethnicity Network and it was upon recommendation by the Presidential team that she was put forward to become a Council member. She is the first British-Pakistani, Muslim appointment to the Council in the Law Society’s 137 year history.
As Mentoring Co-Ordinator for the Society’s reverse mentoring scheme, Aysha’s focus will be on expanding the mentoring scheme to students, as well as lawyers, to provide the right support to students before they enter the legal profession. She brings over a decade of legal experience to the Council and hopes her fresh ideas for training, events and networking will expand the membership to a wider, even more diverse body of legal professionals, and students.
Commenting on her appointment to the Council, Aysha said:-
“My primary objective has always been to showcase a more diverse and inclusive legal profession where all are welcome and adequately supported. When I was entering the legal profession and as a junior lawyer, there weren’t many people like me around and it was a real struggle to progress to where I am today (coming from a majority ethnic working-class background and being female). I would hope to serve as a role model and to further the diversity of the profession.
I have always been a firm advocate of diversity in the legal profession and hope that this paves the way for many more like me. My appointment makes me feel immensely proud and I hope to be a role model for others.”