Sheffield lawyer who fled dictator Idi Amin’s Uganda to host Bollywood Ball

Jay Bhayani, director of Bhayani HR & Employment Law, centre with Amelia Wheatstone, employment lawyer, left and Taliyaa Kipling, legal team assistant.

Jay Bhayani, director of Bhayani HR & Employment Law, centre with Amelia Wheatstone, employment lawyer, left and Taliyaa Kipling, legal team assistant.

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Top city lawyer Jay Bhayani is planning a glamorous way of celebrating her first year flying solo.

She is marking the first anniversary of her Sheffield Business Park-based firm Bhayani HR and Employment Law by throwing a Bollywood Ball for charity.

A cultural feast of Asian food, music and dance, the event will be a forerunner to Diwali, the five-day festival of lights celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains worldwide.

Hindu-raised Jay had to flee from Uganda with her family in 1972 when President Idi Amin’s ethnic cleansing policy ordered his country’s Asian minority to leave within 90 days.

Jay’s family had to leave everything their accountant father had worked for and start again. She fought to become one of Sheffield’s first female Asian lawyers and her firm has created seven new jobs within its first year. There are plans to boost staff numbers to 11 by next year.

She said: “Sharing my first year in business with the sentiments of the festival seems so appropriate. I also wanted to share my cultural past with colleagues and clients, The festival celebrates new beginnings and light over darkness.”

It will be the second time Jay has given Sheffielders a taste of Indian culture. When the Indian International Film Academy brought its Bollywood Oscars to Sheffield Arena in 2007, she co-ordinated Whirlow Hall Farm’s Bollywood gala dinner at the Cutler’s Hall.

This year’s Bollywood Ball is being held at the Arooj Banqueting Suite in Attercliffe on November 7. The event will also raise money for Sheffield-based national epilepsy charity Fable as Jay’s partner’s son has epilepsy. For tickets ring 0114 3032300.