A SWANSEA solicitor has won a prestigious prize at the inaugural British Muslim Awards ceremony in Manchester.
Mamuna Farooq, of Douglas- Jones Mercer, was named Young Achiever of the Year award and was the only Welsh award winner at the event. The 27-year-old was the youngest winner at the ceremony which drew more than 10,000 nominations from across the UK.
Miss Farooq was nominated for the award and works in a geographical area where she is one of very few Muslim females in the Legal industry. She joined DJM Solicitors, a Legal 500 firm, in 2008 as a trainee solicitor and was retained by the firm after qualifying in 2010 and joining the Wills, Estate & Trusts team.
The solicitor beat four other finalists in her category including Dragon's Den success story and millionaire Imran Hakim, of iTeddy.
She said: "I felt honoured and surprised to have been shortlisted as a finalist and honestly did not expect to receive the award.
"I would like to congratulate the fellow finalists, especially in the Young Achiever category.
"To say I was excited when I unexpectedly heard my name called out is an understatement.
"I feel extremely fortunate to have been named as a finalist and then a winner at the first British Muslim Awards alongside public figures, individuals and businesses whom I admire and respect.
"To be told I'm regarded as a role model for younger Muslims is a true honour".
Jonathan Powell, director at Douglas-Jones Mercer Solicitors said: "To say that Mamuna exceeds the expectations of solicitors in our firm would be an understatement.
"Her dedication and professionalism have resulted in a level of service given to clients, which is second to none.
"The prestigious award is thoroughly deserved by Mamuna, and reflects the progression that we as a firm have made in offering bespoke services to clients, something that we pride ourselves on.
"I look forward to observing and supporting Mamuna's progression in the legal profession for which she will no doubt win future awards."