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Prior to pupillage, Mahnoor was a senior paralegal in a leading high net-worth Divorce and Family team (ranked tier 1 in the Legal 500 and Band A in Chambers and Partners). She was, in due course, also appointed as the team’s dedicated Children Team paralegal and was integral to the establishment of said Children Team.
During this time, Mahnoor was given the opportunity to develop a niche in highly contentious private children’s law disputes and gained a wealth of experience in fiercely contested child arrangement disputes, leave-to-remove applications, specific issues and prohibited steps applications and abduction cases. She habitually worked within teams representing both applicants and respondents. Many of the cases she worked on were complex matters which included elements of coercive and controlling behaviour, trauma, addiction and substance/alcohol misuse, alienation and justified rejection.
Mahnoor also gained experience in high net worth divorce proceedings and resulting financial settlements, as well as schedule 1 claims of a similar nature. She has also been involved in substantially drafting pre- and post-nuptial agreements and working on variation applications and in finance and children matters that were resolved through alternative dispute resolution, most often mediation and arbitration.
Mahnoor is published on public and family law matters such as the role of gender identity in defining parenthood and the necessity of a ‘proportionality’ test in judicial review cases that raise fundamental questions about a person’s human rights.
Mahnoor graduated at the top of her undergraduate cohort at the University of Manchester with an ‘unheard of’ average and won numerous academic awards, as well as an award for her commitment to increasing access to Classics in state schools as a Latin teacher and for her ‘excellent’ teaching. She then received multiple scholarships to undertake an MPhil in Classics, including a major research studentship at Newnham College, Cambridge and a research grant awarded by the Isaac Newton Trust to only forty Humanities graduate students across the University. She completed her Graduate Diploma in Law as a scholar of Lincoln’s Inn and with a further scholarship from Newnham College, Cambridge. She was a major and residential scholar at Lincoln’s Inn at the time of her BPTC.
City Law School, BPTC
BPP Manchester, Graduate Diploma in Law
University of Cambridge, Newnham College, MPhil (Classics)
University of Manchester, BA (Ancient History)
2019/20 Lord Denning Scholarship, with accommodation Award (Lincoln’s Inn)
2018/19 Brougham Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn)
Newnham College Kemp Fund Grant (University of Cambridge)
2017/18 Newnham College Major Research Scholarship (University of Cambridge) Isaac Newton Trust Research Grant (University of Cambridge)
2016/17 Manchester Classical Association’s Whitehead Prize for commitment to improving access to Classics in state schools and ‘excellent’ teaching
Classical and A.H.Kyd Prize in Classics (University of Manchester)
Faculty of Humanities Dean’s Award for Achievement (University of Manchester)
2015/16 Victoria Prize (first prize) for academic achievement (University of Manchester)