Zimran Samuel awarded an MBE for his services to victims of domestic abuse
We are thrilled to congratulate Zimran Samuel on receiving an MBE following his listing in the New Year’s Honours List 2022 for his services to victims of domestic abuse.
During the pandemic, from the first lockdown onward, Zimran helped by working pro bono dealing with cases of domestic abuse and violence as the numbers increased.
He told Brighton and Hove Independent: “It’s been an extremely difficult two years, many people that have been working at the Bar have been working under the radar, keeping the child protection and the family system going.
After I saw the extent of the problems that were happening behind closed doors, I decided to set up a scheme to do that work day in and day out systematically from April 10 onwards.
I had a pretty straightforward criteria, If I had capacity to assist and you were someone that was facing genuine domestic abuse or violence and you had not been able to get legal aid, then I would be able to help.
I'm lucky to do the work that I love, it's always something I’ve relished, everyday I get up and I look forward to the next case.”
Zimran is an experienced human rights practitioner with a wide-ranging practice based around children law, mental health law and international law. He has been instructed in a number of significant cases involving vulnerable adults and medical treatment decisions.
He has also had extensive exposure to care proceedings involving children who have suffered from non-accidental head injuries, long-term neglect, sexual abuse and manipulated or fictitious illness.
During lockdown, he helped abuse victims remotely which made it easier than usual to take on more cases despite the geographical distances between courts.
If you, or someone you care about, is experiencing domestic abuse, you can phone The National Domestic Abuse Helpline available 24 hours a day on 0808 2000 247 to discuss your options. There are also range of digital resources available at refuge.org.uk, nationaldahelpline.org.uk and refugetechsafety.org.You can contact the Helpline directly via this contact form.