We were privileged to be joined by his Honour, Sir Mota Singh QC, the first Sikh QC and Judge who paved the way for many other ethnic minority lawyers in the Legal profession. Sir Mota Singh was the chief Guest of the EAASCA and was presented with a Pen Set Gift from the Association.
His Honour Sir Mota Singh QC was the first Sikh QC and is regarded as a highly regarded and pioneering figure for ethnic minorities within the legal profession. His Honour Sir Mota Singh QC was educated in Kenya and England and called to the Bar by the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn in 1956 and practised in Kenya as an advocate of the Supreme Court, as well as being elected as an Alderman of the City of Nairobi and a member of the Kenya Parliament.
Upon returning to England in 1965 his Honour Sir Mota Singh QC went into Chambers in 1967 to practise at the Bar, and was appointed a member of the Race Relations Board by the Home Office shortly after; a post that he held for the next 12 years.
Honour Sir Mota Singh QC is the recipient of a number of lifetime achievement awards; in the New Year honours list 2010 his honour was knighted for his services to the administration of justice, community relations and the voluntary sector, and is the first member of the Sikh faith to have been so honoured.