Sarah Khan-Bashir MBE is a proactive, adaptable and conscientious solicitor, highly committed to putting something back into the community.
Sarah established Shire Solicitors in 2007. The practice specialises in defendant and claimant civil litigation as well as commercial and residential conveyancing.
After qualifying as a solicitor, Sarah joined the Office of the Force Solicitor for West Yorkshire Police for 7 years. One of the many initiatives she was involved with was the creation of a protocol to be followed by the courts and partner authorities in order to case manage civil applications brought by the police to the magistrates’ courts. This model has been adopted by several police forces.
Sarah is also a Director of 2:16, a West Yorkshire based training company which specialises in cultural awareness programmes and most recently is providing specific training in relation to the Muslim communities in West Yorkshire.
As Patron of the Minorities Police Liaison Committee, she acts as Chairwoman of a sub-group of the committee looking specifically at the issue of forced marriages. This group successfully ran a city-wide seminar on the subject.
She is also involved with the projects specifically looking to recruit mentors for students from local schools with a view to encouraging links between successful Muslim professionals and disadvantaged young Muslims.
Sarah is also regularly involved in radio programmes looking at a wide range of issues that touch the British Asian community. Sarah was recently nominated for a Lloyds TSB Jewel award and was one of the finalists for the Professional Excellence Award.
Sarah was awarded an MBE in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for her work with Mosaic in the region and other public service.