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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.”

 

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Key Testimonials for Dr Mirza Ahmad, Barrister

(From LinkedIn)

 

1. As President (2009/2010) of Association of Council Secretaries & Solicitors:

 

Mike Burton
Editorial director and editor, The MJ, Hemming Group (business partner)

was with another company when working with Dr Ahmad

“I much enjoyed working with Mirza when he was President of the Association of Council Secretaries and Solicitors in 2009/10. He was full of good ideas and was a very energetic President, keen to widen out the Association's profile in the sector which he did successfully.”

August 30, 2011

 

Geoff Wild

Director of Law & Governance, Kent County Council (business partner)
was with another company when working with
Dr Ahmad

 

“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, working in challenging and demanding environments that would have daunted lesser individuals. His calm and dispassionate manner hide a fierce determination and a very keen and astute mind. He would be a great asset to any organisation seeking a proven leader, an experienced lawyer and an eloquent public speaker.” 

August 15, 2011

 

Richard King

Strategic Director, Lichfield District Council (business partner)
was with another company when working with
Dr Ahmad

 

“Dr Mirza always gives sound legal advice and is a leading light in his profession.” 

August 15, 2011

 

Chris Owen

Chief Executive, St Philips Chambers (business partner)
was with another company when working with
Dr Ahmad

 

“I have known Mirza for two years now and always found him to be the complete professional, totally on top of his subject, charming and courteous with time for others. It gives me great pleasure to recommend him. Chris Owen”.

August 14, 2011

 

Paul Gilbert

Chief Executive, LBC Wise Counsel (business partner)
was with another company when working with
Dr Ahmad

 

“Mirza has been one of the most high profile public sector lawyers in the UK for many years. Always thoughtful about leadership and innovation, and genuinely concerned to see talent develop under his stewardship; we judge him to be one of the most significant figures in legal services in the last decade.”

August 14, 2011

 

Mike Rowan

Interim Chief Executive, Thurrock Council (business partner)
was with another company when working with
Dr Ahmad

 

“Mirza has a breadth of knowledge and experience that is truly astounding and an ability to dismiss the detritus and concentrate on the formative elements of any problem or issue in a flash; though it is quickly apparent to anyone who meets him that the 'flash' is the result of rigorous and logical intellectual thought. Mirza has successfully led what I believe to be the largest legal department in local government and is an inspiration to fellow local government professionals. He was instrumental mentoring me when I was first appointed as Head of Legal and was always ready and willing to give his time to assist me for which I am enormously grateful. He combines incisive legal knowledge with a pragmatic sound common sense approach that is refreshing in local government. He has also written extensively on complex local government legal issues which have been a rich source of guidance for us all and has ably led our national professional bodies typified by his excellent presidency of the Association of County Secretaries and Solicitors. On top of all that Mirza is an extremely approachable friendly person with a tremendous sense of humour and a genuine joy for life. Mike Rowan” 

August 14, 2011

 

Clive Black

Regional Manager Midlands, The Law Society of England and Wales (business partner)
was with another company when working with
Dr Ahmad

 

“I have known Mirza for six years and engaged with him as a significant employer of solicitors. He is unfailingly upbeat, positive, collaborative and always sees the bigger picture. He is an excellent ambassador and networker. He was an effective and popular speaker at a conference I arranged earlier this year on the subject of 'Tenders and Panels'. The Law Society has valued his input and insight on issues affecting solicitors in local government. He is a distinguished public servant.” 

August 12, 2011

 

Jayne Willetts

Owner, Jayne Willetts & Co (business partner)
was with another company when working with
Dr Ahmad

 

“I have known Mirza since 2000 both in my role as President of Birmingham Law Society and as Chair of the Coventry City Council Standards Committee as well as being part of the Birmingham professional village. Mirza has led the Legal Department at BCC with his quiet but very effective style of management and has ensured that it has been nationally recognised for its work. He has been a top class ambassador for Birmingham and will be a hard act to follow.” 

August 12, 2011

 

Jerry Hutchinson

Chief Executive, North Warwickshire B.C. (business partner)
was with another company when working with
Dr Ahmad

 

“Dr Mirza is an experienced and innovative lawyer and manager who has operated at a high level for many years. He is highly respected both within the Region and Nationally” 

August 12, 2011

 

Simon Aley

Head of Legal & Democratic Services, Corby Borough Council (business partner)
was with another company when working with
Dr Ahmad

“Mirza has tremendous energy and enthusiasm and a commitment to promote his profession in all he does and to ensure the delivery of quality service both from himself and others.” 

August 11, 2011

 

 

2. As Corporate Director of Governance  at Birmingham City Council:

 

Bhupinder Gill

Assistant Director Legal and Constitutional Services, Walsall Council (business partner)
was with another company when working with
Dr Ahmad

“I have known and worked with Mirza for nearly a decade. Through out that time he has been a great source of knowledge regarding local government law, he has "been there and done that". In the rare event he hasn't, he will certainly know someone who has and can put you in contact with them. On personal level he is really easy to get on with and has provided me with support and guidance when the waters have become choppy.” 

April 20, 2011

 

Bernard Shepherd

Consultant, HBJ Gateley Wareing (business partner)
was with another company when working with
Dr Ahmad

“Mirza Ahmad has been and is a strong supporter of the Birmingham Law Society and the legal profession in Birmingham. He is highly respected by the profession and from his many achievements and awards it appears that the respect and recognition of his ability and skills has not been lost on his colleagues in other local authorities.” 

January 8, 2010

 

Maria Memoli, MBA, Solicitor, Mediator

Chairman and Director, LGG Ltd (business partner)
was with another company when working with
Dr Ahmad

“Mirza is a passionate, articulate, amiable and very caring individual who commands a lot of respect from his professional colleagues and others. His presidential year at ACSeS will be testimony to his wealth of attributes - a leader with panache!” 

September 16, 2009

 

 

3.  As Chief Legal Officer of Birmingham City Council:

 

Collins Anthony

Senior Partner, Anthony Collins Solicitors (business partner)
was with another company when working with
Dr Ahmad

 

“Mirza is an outstanding leader as Chief Legal Officer at Birmingham City Council. The quality of his work and the effectiveness of his teams service of delivery is the driver which has led to the success and respect in which he is held”.

February 7, 2009

 

Gill Harrad

Trust Solicitor, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (colleague)
worked indirectly for
Dr Ahmad

 

“Whilst at Birmingham City Council, Mirza successfully introduced a number of quality systems into a complex legal department, which led to a significant number of external accreditations. He consistently sought to ensure high standards throughout his department to raise the quality and profile of the in house legal team.” 

August 22, 2011

 

 

4. As Assistant Director of Legal Services at Bolton MBC:

 

Des Grogan

Project Director BSF and Academies, Bolton Council (colleague)
worked directly with
Dr Ahmad

 

“Mirza was AD during the period of Compulsory Competitive Tendering and developed a successful strategy to retain legal services in house. He also led legal services to the first three star assessment in the country. In delivering these achievements it was his business management acumen as well his legal knowledge that came to the fore.” 

August 16, 2011

 

 

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