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ULaw awards honorary degrees to campaigner Gina Miller and magic circle lawyer turned pro football player and pundit Eniola Aluko

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Duo to receive doctorates during virtual graduation ceremony this Saturday

Gina Miller and Eniola Aluko (images via Keith Edkins/Wikimedia Commons and Twitter)

The University of Law (ULaw) has awarded honorary degrees to Brexit campaigner Gina Miller and former professional football player Eniola Aluko. Both recipients will receive their doctorates at a virtual graduation ceremony this Saturday.

Gina Miller, 56, is the businesswoman and campaigner who has twice led legal challenges against the government and won. Her first victory came in September 2017 when the Supreme Court ruled Article 50 (the legal mechanism to oust the UK from the EU) could only be triggered after a free vote in parliament. Her second came two years later in September 2019 when, following the vote to Leave, the Supreme Court ruled it would be unlawful for Prime Minister Boris Johnson to trigger Article 50 and begin the withdrawal process without parliament’s involvement.

Commenting on the accolade, Miller said:

“As someone who was passionate about being a lawyer all of my life, but could not due to the circumstances of my life, this award is very emotional.”

She continued: “There have been many highlights in my career so far, big and small, but the generosity of ULaw is humbling. My message to everyone is that we all have a responsibility to speak up and the power to effect change, when we see those in positions of power abusing that power.”

Miller had studied law at the University of East London in her 20s, but dropped out following a “traumatic” personal event, she confided in Legal Cheek. She also holds an honorary law degree from UEL, which she received in 2017.

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Eniola Aluko, 34, is a magic circle lawyer turned professional football player and pundit. Aluko studied law at Brunel University and completed the Legal Practice Course (LPC) at ULaw Moorgate. She joined magic circle firm Slaughter and May in 2016, leaving two years later to sign for Italian club Juventus in 2018. Prior to that post, Aluko was with Chelsea FC for six years, and represented the England national team at both European and world championships.

Aluko, now sporting director at LA-based Angel City FC, said: “I feel so honoured, privileged and thankful for this award. It’s nearly ten years since I completed my LPC at the University — although it feels like yesterday. It was challenging at the time as it was an accelerated course and I completed it just before I went to the London 2012 Olympics to play for the England Women’s Football Team, which was an incredible experience.”

ULaw’s vice-chancellor and chief executive officer, Professor Andrea Nollent, added: “It is my privilege to award an honorary doctorate to Eniola and Gina in recognition of their successful campaigning on some of the most important issues of recent times. They are outstanding and inspiring role models for our graduating students.”

In recent years, ULaw has awarded honorary degrees to CPS lawyer and star of BBC legal documentary The Prosecutors, Eran Cutliffe, for her work within the criminal justice system, and Bollywood megastar Shahrukh Khan for his philanthropic endeavours.

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11 Comments

Kirks 2PQE Deal-Flow Colossus

Yawn, who cares. I’ll probably be made Lord Mayor of the City in a couple years given the ease with which I cut billion-dollar deals from my Gherkin corner office.

Life is extremely good.

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FlourPour

A corner office in the famously angular Gherkin?

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Barry

… I think that was the joke…

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Anon

Except the nearest Kirks 2pQE has ever been to an office in the City was his school trip to the Tower of London.

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Bantonia Banterias

😴 Try harder son, gotta be way more original replying to these freshers pretending to work at Kirks.

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Name

He was sent to the Tower of London office when he was caught bragging to the ravens about his lambo.

Oh dear

Lol, let Miller have her worthless virtue-signalling degree.

I wish I could have been a fly on the wall in her residence when the official exit poll for the 2019 General Election was released, and she realised that all her time and money spent trying to reverse the result of the Brexit referendum had been wasted.

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Anonymous

Why are you bitter hun?

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Remoaner apparently

She won, get over it.

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Anonme

Yes, she won.
That victory led to a hard Brexit instead of a Brexit in name only. Probably not what she envisaged winning would mean.

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Bantz

Isn’t she a football turned Magic Circle solicitor? If not, then she’s downgraded according to my whistle. Throughly deserves the ULaw degree as compensation if that is the case.

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