Date: Thursday 9th May 2019
Time: 18:00
Venue: 5 St Andrew's Hill
Speakers: Sarbjit Kaur Athwal, Dr. Clive Driscoll (retired) Detective Chief Inspector for MPS, Kevin Dent Q.C., Hilary Lennox
CPD Points: 2
Cost: *Please note this event is now full*

*Please note this event is now full. Unfortunately, we cannot accept any new reservations to attend this event.*

5 St Andrew's Hill invites you to attend our seminar which will examine honour-based violence, forced marriage orders and FGM. 

The seminar will be a practical guide, examining real case studies and what we can learn from them. Preventative measures, forced marriage orders, and FGM orders. Prosecution policies and sentencing. 

The seminar will be presented by:

Registration at 18:00. Start time 18:30.  Drinks and nibbles to follow the event.

*Please note this event is now full. Unfortunately, we cannot accept any new reservations to attend this event.*

Sarbjit Kaur Athwal: Founder and CEO of True Honour. Survivor of Honour Based Violence. Former Police Community Support Officer, Author of Shamed and Founder & CEO of True Honour. Sarbjit was just 19 when she got married and moved into the house of her husband's very strict family, which included her mother-in-law, her husband’s brother and his wife. Her sister-in-law, Surjit, was more rebellious and, as a consequence, was regularly beaten for her disobedience. When the family found out she was having an affair, drastic actions were taken. They took her to a family wedding in India, where her mother-in-law arranged for her to be drugged, strangled and thrown into a river. 

When Sarbjit found out what had happened to her sister-in-law, she was terrified and was told if she said a word, the same thing would happen to her. So she was forced into silence… But the stress nearly killed her and she was rushed into hospital. Living under threats for many years fear was her normality. Lying in hospital being told it was a matter of life or death. Sarbjit worked behind the family's back and became the Key Witness for the Prosecution in the Murder Trial. Her story is told in ‘Shamed’.

Clive Driscoll (retired) Detective Chief Inspector for MPS: Clive retired on 31st May 2014 after completing 34 years 9 months exemplary service with the Metropolitan Police Service. He retired as a Detective Chief Inspector and investigated several high profile cases obtaining two convictions in the Stephen Lawrence murder. He became the first police officer to obtain a conviction in an Honour Based Violence murder where nobody has ever been found. The Surjit Athwal murder has been described as a Landmark Case where a conviction was obtained against all odds. He has investigated child abuse cases, gang related violence and in 2012 was voted the senior investigator officer in the United kingdom by the Homicide working group.

He currently assists victims and victim’s family who feel they have not obtained Justice. His work with a clinic dealing with severe emotional trauma has seen several criminal cases re opened. Has lectured to several police services included Scotland and Ireland.The convictions of two suspects within the Stephen Lawrence murder has been hailed as remarkable in both Parliament and the Police service in general. It also brought praise from Baroness Lawrence OBE and Neville Lawrence OBE. He has assisted with several investigations surrounding FGM.

Kevin Dent Q.C. is a highly persuasive advocate with a calm, measured, yet robust courtroom manner. Kevin took silk in 2019, building upon his heavyweight practice as a leading junior in the fields of financial crime and serious crime. Kevin is ranked in the Legal 500 in business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) new silks section (2019).
 
Hilary Lennox is a barrister called to the Bar in Ireland in 2008, Northern Ireland in 2013 and England & Wales in 2013. In addition she has worked in a law firm in New York and the Innocence Project in Wisconsin. She specialises in international human rights and family law. Hilary is instructed to bring cases on behalf of individuals before the European Court of Human Rights most recently against Ireland. She speaks French, Spanish and Irish.