Malvika commenced pupillage in chambers in October 2018 and is keen to develop a practice in all areas of family law, especially public children, private children, financial remedies, Court of Protection work, and TOLATA claims.
Malvika studied Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She graduated with First Class Honours and a number of academic prizes: the Herbert Smith Freehills Prize for best performance in Part I (for performance in second-year examinations); the Mike Redmayne Prize for Law of Evidence, and the Slaughter and May Prize for best overall degree performance. She achieved First Class grades in all modules sat in her second and final years of the degree. She spent a year abroad studying at Sciences Po Paris’s campus in Menton, France, which specialises in the regional study of the Middle East and the Mediterranean.
Malvika completed the LLM BPTC (very competent in the BPTC and Distinction in the LLM) at Nottingham Trent University with the support of the Marchant Scholarship from The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn and the Nottingham Law School Dean’s BPTC Scholarship for Academic Excellence from Nottingham Trent University.
Prior to commencing pupillage, Malvika spent nine months as a Legal Officer in a Local Authority legal services department within their childcare team. Her role was wide-ranging; she assisted with cases in pre-proceedings, which included attending PLO meetings as the Local Authority’s legal representative. She supported solicitors within the department with their case load, providing high-quality legal services to her client department. This has given her a firm grounding in public child law processes, particularly from a local authority perspective.
Malvika has previously volunteered at the Leicester Family Contact Centre, a safe, neutral venue to facilitate contact between children and family members. During the BPTC, Malvika volunteered as a student adviser within the Nottingham Law School Legal Advice Centre, offering telephone and face-to-face advice to clients on a range of legal issues. She was a Free Representation Unit volunteer, acting as a representative in the First Tier Tribunal (Social Entitlement Chamber). She also completed a short placement as a Development Assistant within the Legal Advice Centre’s Autism Law Service.
London School of Economics and Political Science, LLB Law. (First Class Honours; Herbert Smith Freehills Prize for Best Performance in Part I; Mike Redmayne Prize for Law of Evidence; Slaughter and May Prize for Best Overall Degree Performance)
Sciences Po Paris, Campus de Menton (Exchange Programme)
Nottingham Trent University, LLM BPTC. (Very Competent in BPTC; Distinction in LLM; BPTC Law in Practice Report title: ‘Setting up the disabled to fail: the crisis of social security in three cases’)
Awards and scholarships
Marchant Scholarship, The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn
Hubert Greenland Scholarship, The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn
Nottingham Law School Dean’s BPTC Scholarship for Academic Excellence, Nottingham Trent University
St Mary’s Family Law Second Prize, Nottingham Trent University
Slaughter and May Prize for Best Overall Degree Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science
Herbert Smith Freehills Prize for Best Performance in Part I, London School of Economics and Political Science
Mike Redmayne Prize for Law of Evidence, London School of Economics and Political Science
Association of Lawyers for Children
Associate Member of Resolution
Family Law Bar Association
The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn
In my spare time, I can usually be found blogging about books, particularly contemporary fiction. I write for the website ‘Keep Calm Talk Law’.