Nazmin Akthar

Nazmin is an Associate at Womble Bond Dickinson LLP, specialising in residential development, estate management and general infrastructure.

She acts for with a range of clients including housing associations, small developers and national house-builders. Her day to day work involves a variety of transactions ranging from dealing with acquisition of land for residential development to road infrastructure agreements and estate set-ups for the sale of new homes. Nazmin is a firm believer that good quality housing and sustainable infrastructure are key to the promotion of good health and equality and eradication of poverty and abuse. She carries out her work with the aim that her role as a residential development contributes to the delivery of safe, secure, affordable and fit for purpose housing and communities. She regularly promotes the importance of housing for victims of abuse and has had articles published in Inside Housing and the Criminal Law & Justice Weekly on such topics.

Nazmin is also the Co-Chair of Muslim Women’s Network UK (MWNUK), a national multi award-winning charity that works to promote equality and social justice; in this role she has appeared in front of the Women & Equality Committee, Law Commission and UN CEDAW Committee to give evidence and seek legislative change that would support victims of abuse and discrimination. Notably, she was part of MWNUK’s campaigning team which saw the end to the Home Office’s repatriation policy by which victims of forced marriage used to be required to meet the costs when rescued from abroad and brought back to the UK. Nazmin is currently campaigning for a change in marriage laws that will assist Muslim women stuck in abusive marriages, and seeking better support for victims of intimate image based abuse.

Nazmin has also recently co-founded Nisa Global Foundation, an international charity set up to support the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals globally. As well as being responsible for overseeing legal and governance matters, she is also responsible for NGF’s housing and infrastructure related projects. Nazmin is also committed to supporting diversity in professions, especially the legal sector. In 2019 she acted as Commissioner of Fawcett’s Society’s ‘Commission on Gender Stereotypes in Early Childhood’ with the aim of highlighting and removing the barriers which may appear in childhood itself and deter individuals from a career in law. She has also made a number of television and radio appearances to discuss the issue of discrimination in workplaces as a barrier to career progression.