An Indian-born lawyer, Ajit Mishra, on Tuesday was conferred with the Freedom of the City of London Award at Guildhall for outstanding contributions to legal and public life..Mishra is the Founder and Chair of the UK India Legal Partnership (UKILP) and is a dual-qualified lawyer and corporate partner at Knights. With more than two decades of professional experience in leading mergers and acquisitions and commercial transactions between India and the UK, Mishra has been the Partner and head of the India desk at several domestic and international law firms. He has acted for international companies investing in the Indian market and is also the Chair of the India Chapter of the Centre of Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary College, University of London..UKILP is a networking platform that has been gaining prominence as a leading hub for senior lawyers fostering connections between the legal communities of India and the UK. .Ajit's nomination for the award came from Chris Hayward, City of London Corporation’s Policy Chairman, and Shravan Joshi, Deputy Chair of the civil affairs committee. The award, given by the City of London Corporation, dates back to the 13th century and is bestowed upon individuals who make outstanding contributions to legal and public life. Expressing his gratitude, Ajit Mishra stated, "I'm humbled to receive the Freedom of the City of London award. I started my legal career from the City of London, and it’s a proud moment to be recognised by the City." .Notable recipients of this award include the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru; former Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher; the first Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew; the first President of South Africa Nelson Mandela besides contemporary statesmen like John Kerry, former US Secretary of State; Microsoft founder Bill Gates; Nobel Prize-winning mathematical physicist Professor Sir Roger Penrose; singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran; Oxford Project lead who spearheaded the development of the Oxford– AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, Professor Dame Sarah Gilbert; England football captain Harry Kane and England cricketers Sajid Mahmood and Ebony Rainford-Brent.