Published on 27/07/2023
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Professor Aleks Subic and Dr Inez Brown
Professor Aleks Subic (Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, Aston University) and Dr Inez Brown
  • Inez Brown has been recognised for her 20 year career in law
  • She was named Law Society Partner of the Year in 2016 and inaugurated as first black president of Birmingham Law Society in 2020
  • Dr Brown has been a leader in promoting diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.

Inez Brown, a prominent lawyer and advocate for equality and diversity in the legal profession, has been awarded an honorary degree by Aston University.

She received the honour at a ceremony at Eastside Rooms in Birmingham on 27 July 2023.

Dr Brown has had an illustrious career in the legal profession spanning over 20 years, during which she has risen from a legal secretary to partner and former head of clinical negligence at Medical Accident Group for 11 years. 

She has been recognised for her contributions by being named Law Society Partner of the Year in 2016 and being inaugurated as the first black president of Birmingham Law Society in 2020, where she has served as an ambassador and leader in the legal profession, forging partnerships with local businesses and communities.

In her role as president, she has helped to grow the Society's membership and set up its first diversity and inclusion scheme, which has provided scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds and underrepresented groups.

Inez has also been appointed as the regional chair of the Institute of Directors, overseeing East and West Midlands where she provides support to seven branch chairs and business director members.

Dr Brown said:

“I am humbled and honoured to be awarded an honorary degree by Aston University.  

“I am dedicated to ‘giving back’, inspiring and creating a legacy for the younger generation.  

“I would like to thank Aston University for recognising my achievements.”

Professor Zoe Radnor, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of the College of Business and Social Sciences at Aston University, said:

“I am thrilled that the University has decided to honour Inez Brown with this well-deserved award. 

“Her dedication to promoting equality and diversity in the legal profession and supporting students from underrepresented backgrounds is an inspiration to us all.”

Notes to Editors

About Aston University

Founded in 1895 and a university since 1966, Aston is a long established university led by its three main beneficiary groups – students, business and the professions, and the West Midlands region and wider society. Located in Birmingham at the heart of a vibrant city, the campus houses all the University’s academic, social and accommodation facilities for our students. Professor Aleks Subic is the Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive.

Aston University is ranked 22nd in the UK in the Guardian University Guide, based on measures including entry standards, student satisfaction, research quality and graduate prospects. The Aston Business School MBA programme was ranked in the top 100 in the world in the Economist MBA 2021 ranking.

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