Sophie Garner

Sophie Garner

Sophie joined MWNUK in 2016. She is a barrister and mediator, specialising in employment and discrimination law, practising from Birmingham.  Alongside her legal career, over 25 years, she has developed a parallel voluntary career during which she has undertaken a variety of roles such as trustee/chair/treasurer or company secretary for different voluntary organisations. The organisations she has worked with have been predominantly women's/human rights organisations such as a women's refuge, a human rights/capital punishment charity and the Discrimination Law Association.  She is currently also working with a small charity that works to foster community cohesion across racial, religious and cultural divides.  She is a professionally qualified Company Secretary, a qualification which means she brings governance skills and a commercial angle to the voluntary roles she undertakes. She was the lead writer and presenter of DLA's evidence for the 2012 Select Committee on Women in the Workplace and was recognised as one of the Attorney General's 'Pro-Bono Heroes' in 2009.  Although not a Muslim herself, Sophie's professional and voluntary careers have given her a clear insight into the difficulties facing Muslim women in the UK today.



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