Pat Saini, partner and head of immigration at Penningtons Manches, was last night presented with the award for Professional of the Year at a star-studded ceremony for the second annual UK-India Awards.
A key highlight of UK-India Week (18-22 June 2018), the awards are held annually to celebrate the innovative and path-breaking individuals and organisations that are making a significant contribution to the strong global partnership between the UK and India.
The awards were presented at a ceremony at the Park Lane Hilton, in London’s Mayfair, last night, at a ceremony attended by The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Foreign Minister Rt. Hon Mark Field MP, and Indian actor Shilpa Shetty. The awards were hosted by Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi.
Pat was selected by a panel of leading experts in business, technology, media and international trade and politics, including:
- Lord Marland, Chairman of the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council
- Sunil Bharti Mittal, Founder and Chairman of Bharti Enterprises
- Rt. Hon. Barry Gardiner MP, Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade
- Rt. Hon Priti Patel MP, former Secretary of State for International Development
- Edwina Dunn, CEO, Starcount
- Barkha Dutt, Author and Broadcaster
UK-India Week celebrates the strong partnership between the UK and India and is a catalyst for promoting opportunities for future collaboration.
Pat Saini commented: “I am thrilled and humbled to win this award. To have been selected by such an esteemed panel of judges is certainly one of the highlights of my career so far. Being recognised at such a prestigious event is also a very strong testament to the skills and dedication of both Penningtons Manches’ immigration team and India group. The awards, and UK-India Week more widely, celebrate the bond between the UK and India and there has never been a better time for that bond to be strengthened. We very much looking forward to playing a key role in supporting the businesses and individuals at the forefront of a new era.”
Manoj Ladwa, Founder of UK-India Week and India Inc., said: “The UK-India Awards is the perfect occasion to celebrate the bond between the UK and India and honour the remarkable people building on this winning partnership with their ingenuity, optimism and good will.
“I am exceptionally humbled by the commitment of our winners and the runners-up, who make the UK-India relationship a transformative and global partnership.”
This year, the inaugural UK-India Week saw senior figures from the UK and India convene for high-level engagements and celebrations of the bond between the two countries.
International Trade Secretary Rt. Hon Liam Fox MP, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport Rt. Hon Matt Hancock MP and Shadow Foreign Secretary Rt. Hon Emily Thornberry MP addressed the launch event at the Taj Buckingham Gate Hotel on Monday 18 June.
The 5th annual UK-India Leadership Conclave (20 - 21 June this year), featured a line-up of major business, industry and political leaders in the first ever two-day residential summit devoted to growing and developing the UK and India’s strategic relationship.
Liberal Democrats party Leader Rt. Hon Sir Vince Cable MP, Former Secretary of State for International Development Rt. Hon Priti Patel MP and Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade & Climate Change Rt. Hon Barry Gardiner MP were among senior UK figures speaking at the Conclave, where discussions focused on the road ahead as Brexit Britain meets Global India.