SERVICES TESTIMONIALS FEEDBACK

KEY EVENTS

Testimonial from Geoff Wild: “Dr Mirza Ahmad is one of the UK's most highly respected and experienced senior public sector lawyers. He has been a leader in his field for many years... a proven leader, an experienced lawyer and an eloquent public speaker.”

 

HOME
OUR SERVICES
TESTIMONIALS
MA's RESUME
MA's FULL CV
CONTACT INFO
CLIENT FEEDBACK
COMPANY PROFILE
DOWNLOAD AREA
PUBLICATIONS
USEFUL LINKS
KEY EVENTS
ST PHILIPS
NEWS
CHARITY WORK
BIRMINGHAM MAYOR

 

 

Key national events & seminars profiling Dr Mirza Ahmad since 2007: 

 

 

 2011 News:

 

bullet 

1st November 2011 :

Mirza commences private practice from St Philips Chambers, 55 Temple Row, Birmingham : www.st-philips.com

 

 

bullet 

9th July 2011 :

Mirza spoke at The Bar Council’s “Contracting Conference” held at The Cumberland Hotel, Marble Arch, London: http://www.barcouncil.org.uk/news/events/400.html

 

 

bullet

 

18th June 2011 :

The Chairman of the Bar, Peter Lodder QC, has praised Mirza’s work, as the Chairman of BALGPS, in his Statement to the Bar Council Annual Report and Accounts 2010, on page 11, at : http://www.barcouncil.org.uk/assets/documents/Annual%20Report%20FINAL.pdf , as follows:

 

 

 

bullet

 

29th March 2011 :

Mirza spoke on the practical challenges facing Local Government at the ‘Localism: Ethical Standards – Challenges & Solutions’ Conference http://ethicalstandardsandcomplaints.org/conference/programme/

 

 

bullet

 

11th February 2011 :

Read BALGPS’ submission to the Parliamentary Scrutiny Committee looking at the Localism Bill : <http://www.balgps.org.uk/02112011-M%20Edney.Localism%20Bill.pdf>

 

 

bullet

 

27th January 2011 :

Mirza spoke at a Law Society seminar on Tenders and Panels: Making them work for you:   http://services.lawsociety.org.uk/events/node/53142

 

 

bullet

 

17th January 2011 :  

Mirza’s comments were profiled in the Local Government Chronicle :

http://www.lgcplus.com/briefings/corporate-core/governance/stifling-competence-powers-at-birth/5024046.article?query=0

 

 

bullet

 

11th January 2011 :

To read the Bar Association’s response to the House of Commons Scrutiny Unit with regard to the  Localism Bill – Chapter 1: General Power of Competence for Local Government:  <http://www.balgps.org.uk/011211-BALGPS-Simon%20Fuller.pdf>

 

 

bullet

 

5th January 2011 :

To read the Bar Association’s response to Cabinet Office and HM Treasury on their “Call for evidence on public service reform” :

<http://www.balgps.org.uk/010511-BALGPS-Strategy%20Reform.Public%20Service%20Reform.pdf>

 

 

 

 

 

2010 News:

 

 

bullet

 

30th September 2010 :

Mirza was profiled in a feature story in the Public Service (A benchmark for public sector information management?):

http://www.publicservice.co.uk/feature_story.asp?id=14893

 

 

bullet

 

29th  September 2010 :

Mirza was profiled in a news article in the Local Government Lawyer:

http://www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4212%3Aacses-panel-identifies-new-models-for-local-authority-legal-departments&catid=51%3Amanagement-articles&q=&Itemid=11

 

 

bullet

 

 

8th September 2010 :

Mirza was interviewed by Local Government Lawyer: http://www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3848%3Agiving-the-lead&catid=49%3Acomment-a-analysis-articles&q=&Itemid=9

 

 

bullet

 

12 July 2010 : ACSeS’ First Leadership Summit

Mirza, as President of ACSeS, organized a very special ACSeS’ First Leadership Summit, which was held on board HMS President, moored on the River Thames, London.

Follow link to read <http://www.balgps.org.uk/LeadershipSummit.htm> and to book your place. There is a very special gift for the first 20 fee paying delegates -  a speed boat thrill on the River Thames, with Bond music!

 

bullet

 

1st May 2010 : Mirza was interviewed, as President of ACSeS, in magazine (at page 4) :

http://www.dontdelaymagazine.com/Desktopmodules/OnlineMagazine/OnlineMagazineSpring2010/ 

 

bullet

 

26 April 2010 : Mirza welcomes President of Law Society for England & Wales, Robert Heslett, and President of Birmingham Law Society, Bernard Shepherd, to Birmingham City Council’s Legal Department’s Training Day <http://www.balgps.org.uk/0429-Presidents%20make%20history%20in%20Birmingham.htm>

 

bullet

 

25 March 2010 : Article from Dr Nicholas Dobson on a general power of competence for local government

The Chairman has been closely associated with this important LGA initiative for local government.

Follow link to read the article: http://www.lawgazette.co.uk/in-practice/local-government-general-competence-restore-vires-confidence

 

bullet

 

 

 

 

 

 

23 February 2010 : Elections Purdah Period – Annual Monitoring Officer Guidance

 

To read the Mirza’s Annual Monitoring Officer Guidance to all Members and Chief Officers of Birmingham City Council, sent in December 2009, on the build up to and how to deal with Elections Purdah Period issues <http://www.balgps.org.uk/electionsguidance.htm>

 

 

 

 

2009 News:

 

 

bullet

 

 

 

 

 

 

10th December 2009 :

 

Mirza went public over the second Consultation Paper issued by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority on the proposed changes, during 2010, to the Solicitors’ Practising Certificate fees. The current fees paid by local government solicitors are grossly unfair, feather bedding the legal profession and against the public interest. The Chairman has argued strongly that the statutory exemption applicable to the Government Legal Service should be equally applicable to local government and other public sector employed solicitors.

 

To view the article published on the Local Government Lawyer  website:

<http://localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=581%3Asra-moves-to-reduce-grossly-unfair-pc-fee-for-local-government-solicitors&catid=51%3Amanagement-articles&q=&Itemid=8 >

 

 

bullet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

19 November 2009 :

 

¨       Mirza was elected the President of the Association of Council Secretaries & Solicitors (www.acses.org.uk ).

ü      To view the article published in the Municipal Journal:                  

       <http://www.localgov.co.uk/index.cfm?method=news.detail&id=83931>

ü      To view the article published on the Local Government Lawyer  website:

<http://localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=430%3Alawyers-can-meet-leadership-challenge-says-acses-president&catid=51%3Amanagement-articles&q=&Itemid=11>

 

 

bullet

 

 

 

 

 

31 October 2009 :

 

¨       Mirza was profiled, with photo, in the Business Section of today’s The Times (page 79) on the extension of powers under the Proceeds of Crime Act to local authorities:

 http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/industry_sectors/public_sector/article6896042.ece

 

 

bullet

 

June 2009 :

 

¨       MIrza was a speaker at The Lawyer Conference  on Local Government Legal Services Reform Conference in Westminster on Wednesday 17 June 2009. <http://www.thelawyer.com/councils-emulate-private-practice-models-in-modernisation-drive/1001127.article>

 

 

bullet

 

29th – 30th March 2009 :

 

¨       Mirza attended the LB Cambridge Spring School as a Wise Counsel (http://www.lbcwisecounsel.com/lbcambridge/ ).

 

 

bullet

 

7th March 2009 :

 

¨       Mirza received the “Public Lawyer of the Year Award 2009” from Paul Marsh, the President of The Law Society for England & Wales, and Nazir Afzal OBE, Director of CPS on behalf of the Society of Asian Lawyers, at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel, London : <http://www.balgps.org.uk/Public%20Lawyer2009.jpg> (http://www.societyofasianlawyers.org/)

 

 

bullet

 

18th February 2009 :

 

¨       Mirza spoke at the ACSeS Monitoring Conference in London. This was repeated on 12th March 2009 in Manchester (http://www.lgg.org.uk/training/members-governance/534 )

 

 

bullet

 

29th January 2009 :

 

¨       Mirza took part in the Black Lawyers Directory’s Legal Launch Pad event being held at DLA Piper offices in London. (www.onlinebld.co.uk )

 

¨       Mirza’s Legal & Democratic Services Department was “Highly Commended” in the Midlands Excellence Awards. The Ceremony was held at the ICC, Birmingham and the awards were presented by James Caan of Dragon’s Den fame: <http://www.balgps.org.uk/0129-midexcaward09.jpg> <http://www.balgps.org.uk/0129-midexcaward2-09.JPG>

 

 

bullet

 

14th January 2009 : Mirza was confirmed as Corporate Director of Governance at Birmingham City Council. He has been Acting up in this position since January 2007.

 

 

 

bullet

 

5th January 2009 : Mirza was profiled in this week's publication of The Lawyer magazine as one of their "Hot 100" for 2008. There were only two lawyers from Local Government in the "Hot 100" and the Chairman leads the list from Birmingham, which includes Nicola Hart of Pinsent Masons, Alex Jones of Mills & Reeve and Ralph Lewis QC of No 5 Chambers. (http://www.balgps.org.uk/0105-TheLawyer%20Hot%20100%202008-MA.pdf)

 

 

 

 

 

 

2008 News:

 

 

 

bullet

 

9th July  2008 : - Mirza received the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws (LLD) from Manchester Metropolitan University in recognition for “his exceptional service to the legal profession, his work on ethical governance, human rights and freedom of information that has made him such an appropriate role model for those following in his footsteps”.

 

The Awards Ceremony was webcast live round the world. To view the University’s Press Release, Awards Ceremony 9 (Faculty of Humanities, Law and Social Sciences, at 6 pm) and Birmingham City Council’s Press Release, please follow the links: -

ü      http://www.mmu.ac.uk/news/news-items/894/

ü      http://www.mmu.ac.uk/graduation/archive/2008/

ü      http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/GenerateContent?CONTENT_ITEM_ID=136835&CONTENT_ITEM_TYPE=9&MENU_ID=276

 

In his thanksgiving speech to the MMU and congregation held at the Bridgewater Concert Hall, Manchester, he paid tribute to and thanked, in particular, all the hard working Councillors and staff of Birmingham City Council (past and present), his colleagues at the Association of Council Secretaries & Solicitors and Debo Nwauzu, the Founder & Managing Director of the Black Lawyers Directory.

 

 

bullet

 

26th June 2008 : - Mirza’s Legal & Democratic Services Department won Municipal Journal’s Legal Achievement of the Year Award. It was also a Finalist in The Lawyer Awards 2008 in their In-house Public Sector Team of the Year, held in London on 24th June 2008.

 

 

 

bullet

 

2nd June  2008 : - Mirza spoke on Good Governance at the CIPFA (Scotland) Conference being held in Edinburgh. View details at :- http://www.cipfascotland.org.uk/events_details.cfm?events_ID=3976

 

 

 

bullet

 

13th May  2008 : - Mirza spoke at  :  “The Fundamentals of Local Government Law”  in London : http://www.lgc-law.co.uk/homepage.asp?m_pid=0&m_nid=26894

 

 

 

bullet

 

24th April 2008 : Mirza was featured in the Law Society Gazette

View link to their website  or view attachments :Page 1: http://www.balgps.org.uk/0424-gazette1.jpg,; Page 2:  http://www.balgps.org.uk/0424-gazette2.jpg Page 3: http://www.balgps.org.uk/0424-gazette3.jpg

 

 

bullet

 

11th & 12th March 2008 : - Mirza was a keynote speaker at  : “Preparing for the Corporate Manslaughter Act” 

 

-  Birmingham & London : http://ec.emap.com/lgc/corporatemanslaughter/

 

 

bullet

 

6th March 2008 : Mirza spoke at the LGG Annual Monitoring Officer Conferences held in Leeds:  www.lgg.org.uk   

 

 

 

 

 

2007 News:

 

 

bullet

 

22nd November 2007 : Mirza spoke at the CIPFA  Conference for Local Government: “Good Governance and Leadership: Is the Chief Executive ready for the Mandatory Statement?” at the Hesperia Hotel, London

<http://www.balgps.org.uk/1122-goodgovconf.pdf>

 

 

bullet

 

14th & 15th November 2007 : Mirza spoke at the ACSeS Annual Conference : “The Knowledge” at the Tower Hotel, London

http://www.balgps.org.uk/2007-ACSeS%20Conference.htm

 

 

bullet

 

9th November 2007 : Mirza spoke at a meeting, in London, of the Chief Executives of the UK Association of National Parks to discuss “Good Governance”.

 

 

bullet

 

15th & 16th October 2007 : Mirza contributed in The Standards Board for England’s Annual Assembly at the ICC, Birmingham.

http://www.annualassembly.co.uk/Programme/Sessionmaterials/

 

 

bullet

 

9th July 2007 : Mirza was profiled in The Lawyer magazine. <http://www.balgps.org.uk/0710-thelawyer(MA).pdf>

 

 

bullet

 

28th April 2007 : Mirza spoke at the Minority Lawyers’ Conference being held in at the Law Society, Chancery Lane, London  <http://www.balgps.org.uk/0428-MLC%202007%20Programme.pdf>

 

 

bullet

 

21st March 2007 : Mirza spoke at the CRE / LGIU Conference, held in London, on tackling misinformation during the elections purdah period.

 

 

bullet

 

February & March 2007 : Mirza spoke at the LGG Annual Monitoring Officer Conferences held in London (on 5th ) and in Leeds (on 6th March ) :  www.lgg.org.uk   

 

 

bullet

 

10th February 2007 : Mirza was profiled in the Inaugural Muslim Power 100 at a Gala Evening Event held  at the Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, London, and he was also awarded their Public Sector Excellence Award. A copy of the article appearing in their publication and Press Release are attached:

<http://www.balgps.org.uk/MAPower100.htm> / < http://www.balgps.org.uk/PressRelease.htm>

 

 

bullet

 

January 2007 : Mirza’s evidence to the Parliamentary Select Committee, in December 2004, is available on line at:

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200405/cmselect/cmodpm/60/4120602.htm

 

 

 

Contact Information:

For further details on the services available, along with indicative fees, please contact Dr Ahmad, as follows:


 

 

Send mail to barrister@lawandgovernance.co.uk with questions or comments about this web site.
Last modified: 07/02/13