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The Association of British Tamil Lawyers Launches in January 2022

LONDON, January 31, 2022: The Association of British Tamil Lawyers (ABTL) marked its official launch with a successful online event attended by a wide range of students, lawyers and colleagues. We received well wishes from the office of the President of the Law Society and the Head of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators with attendance from the office of the Chair of the Bar Council.


The event was launched by Arunn Thiruchelvam from the Operational Committee who provided an introduction and background to ABTL’s structure and goals. This was followed by a series of candid, personal messages from the Advisory Committee touching on their personal, lived experiences. The Student Services Department’s Co-Lead Nalo Nambirajah introduced various initiatives offered by the Student Services Department including the Mentoring Programme and previous mentors and mentees spoke about their experiences of the programme.


Dr S Chelvan, the Chair of the Executive Committee, concluded the event by highlighting the importance of law firms and chambers getting involved with this diversity and inclusion initiative. He touched on his previous message which said:


“This is the time for a positive push to ensure greater representation in the legal professions. ABTL has been founded to create a space for professional guidance and mentorship, empowerment and support, and a positive vision for this generation, and future generations of British Tamil Lawyers.”


About The Association of British Tamil Lawyers


The Association of British Tamil Lawyers (“ABTL”) is a non-profit membership association and the first organisation of its kind, sitting at the heart of both the Tamil and legal communities in the UK.

Established by junior lawyers from the British Tamil community, its objectives are to promote entry into the legal profession for aspiring lawyers, promote more diversity and inclusion in the legal sector, provide networking and training opportunities and help connect practicing lawyers from the Tamil community in the UK and beyond. For more information about us, please visit and connect with us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.