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A night of achievement celebrated at the Law School's Honorary Awards Dinner

A host of esteemed guests attended the University's Ealing Law School Honorary Awards Dinner.

Hosted at the University's fine dining restaurant, Pillars, on Wednesday 22 February 2012, the dinner brought together alumni, friends and honorary graduates of the School to celebrate the conferment of honorary awards.

The School bestowed honorary awards on two prestigious legal eagles at the event, District Judge Tan Ikram and Robert Drepaul.

District Judge Tan Ikram was awarded Honorary Doctorate of Law.  As a member of the Law School Advisory Board, District Judge Tan Ikram sits in Magistrates Courts and Youth Court and has been a Deputy Judge since 2003.  He presides over criminal trials, sentencing and hears appeals against administrative decisions as well as some civil trials. 

District Judge Tan Ikram is also a guest lecturer for law and criminology students at Ealing Law School and he has also delivered a CPD lecture (Criminal Law Update) at the University of West London for the Middlesex Law Society.

Robert Drepaul was awarded Honorary Masters of Law in recognition for his achievements in the profession.  Robert is a solicitor with over 15 years post qualification experience of civil litigation, landlord and tenant and housing cases including judicial reviews.  Robert is also founder of the Drepaul Memorial Academy in Berbice, Guyana in memory of his late parents, providing charitable housing for homeless people, cricket coaching and teaching opportunities for young people.

He is also the Honorary Social Secretary and Editor of The Bill of Middlesex (official magazine of the Middlesex Law Society). Robert is an alumnus from the Graduate Diploma in Law programme at the University and an active member of the University's Alumni Board.

Music at the Dinner was provided by the University's London College of Music, including a stunning opera performance by two of the School's rising stars, Kirsty Anderson and Megan Dee.

Commenting on the Law School Honorary Awards Dinner, Professor Malcolm Davies, Head of Ealing Law School, said:

'Our awards reflect the outstanding links the Law School has with local professionals and the judiciary. The awards went to two professionals who have given much time to supporting and encouraging our students to fulfil ambitions in a way that is realistic and achievable.

'The great joy of the evening was the mix of alumni, current students, academic and administrative staff, honoured guests and friends who came to enjoy an entertaining evening that included an awards ceremony in all its processional glory, the London College of Music provided a classical jazz pianist student and two brilliant sopranos who sang three arias from the Marriage of Figaro, La Boheme and Lakme; the three course dinner, provided by students from the University's London College of Hospitality and Tourism, was a culinary delight; and the evening was rounded off by a most amusing after dinner speech by Mohammed Khamisa, QC. Thanks to all the staff from across the University who made this event possible.'