Black Letter Law Directory | 2015 | BLD Power List

The BLD Power List is made up of influential/powerful individuals who are lawyers (whether now or in the past) of African, Asian, Caribbean and other minority ethnic ancestry.

The Power Listers' impact on the British landscape is vast spanning legal history, the economy, politics, banking, professional services and the list goes on. Many have used that position to influence and help others whether simply because of the visibility of the post they hold or held and/or because they simply go out of their way to inspire and help others to achieve and succeed.

The BLD Power Listers are not just the here and now but some of them are those on whose shoulders we stood and who have paved the way for us today.

Nazir Afzal OBE

Nazir Afzal OBE has been described as “the public face of the legal system’s determination to stamp out honour-based violence, forced marriages and grooming”.

Until March 2015 he was the Chief Crown Prosecutor (CCP) for the North West of England and one of the most senior ethnic...

Daniel Alexander QC

Daniel Alexander QC is a prominent Intellectual Property, Information Technology and Media and Entertainment silk who has been described as an “absolute superb advocate” and “one of the best minds in a discipline that attracts first-class minds”.

With well over two decades of...

Raju Bhatt

Raju Bhatt is a founding partner at Bhatt Murphy solicitors in London. He is acclaimed for his work on civil liberties and action against the police with numerous successful cases against organs of state; including the police, the security services and the Ministry of Defence.

Raju has...

Ben Bowling

Ben Bowling is the Deputy Dean and Professor of Criminology and Criminal justice at King’s College School of Law, London, having taken up a post there since 1999. King’s College School of Law is one of the oldest law schools in England and recognised globally as one of the best law schools in...

Margaret Casely-Hayford

Margaret Casely-Hayford traded her top-notch post as legal head of the country’s favourite up-market department stores to spearhead a leading charity that works to end global poverty.

Margaret is regarded as one of Britain’s most influential women and was named...

Saimo Chahal

Saimo Chahal is a partner and Joint Head of the Public Law and Human Rights team at Bindmans. She has had numerous successes in high-profile cases at the cutting edge of the law and became an honorary QC in 2014.

Saimo is passionate about human rights and civil liberties and her successes...

Shami Chakrabarti CBE

Shami Chakrabarti CBE joined the human rights organisation, Liberty (The National Council for Civil Liberties) as in-house counsel on the 10 September 2001, the day before the 11 September attack in New York. She became Liberty's Director in 2003. Shami has throughout her time at Liberty 

S. Chelvan

“It’s a very dangerous world to be gay in” are the words of S Chelvan, a powerhouse in representing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI) people fleeing homophobic or transphobic persecution. The barrister at No 5 Chambers is passionate about his belief, cause and clients...

Alain Choo Choy QC

Alain Choo Choy QC, a barrister at One Essex Court, has variously been described as “a heavyweight”, “massively intelligent, thorough, and exceptionally clear analyst” and the “first port of call for many of the City’s leading solicitors”.

His career gained even more momentum...

Chris de Pury

Chris de Pury is a partner and head of the Real Estate Group at the leading City law firm, Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP). 

Chris has a wealth of multi-disciplinary experience within the real estate market, both nationally and internationally. In the past two years he has led his teams on...

Dame Linda Dobbs

When the Honourable Dame Linda Dobbs DBE made legal history by becoming Britain’s first non-white High Court judge she said she was confident that she would be the first of many to come. That was in 2004 and so far she remains the only female ethnic minority to have been a High Court judge with...

Gifty Edila

Gifty Edila has a passion for working in the community and helping the disadvantaged and holds a television programme responsible for her choice of a career in Law – a career in which she excelled and achieved a number of “firsts”.

Between 1993 and 2001, Gifty was the Head of Law at...

Trevor Faure

In 2015, Trevor was working on a second edition of The Smarter Legal Model: more from less. His global...

Carol Hui

Carol Hui is indeed a high-flyer – she’s the General Counsel and an Executive Director of Heathrow Airport, having previously been the General Counsel and Executive Director of infrastructure support services giant Amey. 

Carol began her career with...

Sajid Hussein

Sajid Hussein is the head of Bank of America / Merrill Lynch’s Legal Department in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Sajid is based in London and heads a team of lawyers that provides legal support to the Global Banking and Markets and Global Wealth Management businesses in the EMEA...

Kem Ihenacho

Kem Ihenacho is partner at the London office of US law firm Latham & Watkins. Previously, he was a partner and co-head of the Africa practice at Magic Circle law firm Clifford Chance for seven years before taking up his current post in 2014.

Kem's expertise is in private equity and...

Trevor James

According to Trevor James, the high point of his career, spanning more than 20 years, was 4 December 2008 when he became the London Managing Partner at the London office of leading US law firm Morrison and Foerster, one of the 30 largest law firms in the world.    

On that...

Imran Khan

Imran Khan is a celebrated human rights and criminal lawyer and is seen by many as an icon because of his representation of the Stephen Lawrence family followed the racist murder of Stephen in 1993.

He and the Lawrence family (particularly Doreen Lawrence, now Baroness Lawrence of...

Piers Linney

Piers Linney is an entrepreneur and the co-CEO of Cloud-based IT business Outsourcery, which he predicts will have an annual turnover of £100 million in 2015. His public image has been boosted through his appearances as an investor in BBC 2’s Dragons’ Den and as a Secret...

Alexander Msimang

Alexander Msimang has been described as “outstanding” and an elite leading lawyer in the energy sector.

He is the Managing Partner at the...

Prash Naik

Prash Naik identified with Channel 4’s reputation  as a risk-taking and non-conformist broadcaster when he joined the network two decades before being promoted as its first ever General Counsel in 2014. Prash overseas the Legal & Compliance, Governance, Regulatory and Trading teams as...

Fidelis Oditah QC

Fidelis Oditah is a QC, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and a Professor of Law at the University of Oxford. Fidelis practises at 3/4 South Square, London and at Oditah, Legal Practitioners & Arbitrators, in Lagos, Nigeria.

His extensive practice area has included Company Law, capital...

Sandie Okoro

 

Sandie Okoro was appointed as Senior Vice-President and General Counsel of the World Bank Group in November 2016.

 

The World Bank Group is a multilateral organisation with its headquarters in America and its members include most of the world’s countries. Five...

Ashar Qureshi

Ashar Qureshi is a leading capital markets and business lawyer who has been described as a “star”. Since 2014 he has been a partner in the corporate team of Magic Circle law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, covering the UK, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Ashar’s specialism is...

Heather Rabbatts

Heather Rabbatts simply defies any categorisation - Law, public sector, business, media and sport. She has been there and done that and then some.

Heather was born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1955 and moved to England at the age of three. She left school with five O-levels, but showed her first...

Patricia Scotland QC, Baroness Scotland of Asthal

Following the first election of Barack Obama as the US President, Patricia Scotland in a celebratory and hopeful mood said: “Even today, many people cannot believe that a woman, born the 10th of 12 children, growing up in Walthamstow, east London, attending state school and not going...

Niri Shanmuganathan

Newspaper readers will probably have come across Niri Shanmuganathan’s name as the lawyer representing David and Victoria Beckham’s former nanny and beautician in connection with their revelations about the celebrity couple’s private lives.

But Niri 

Sir Rabinder Singh

The Honourable Mr Justice Singh became Britain’s first male ethnic minority and Sikh High Court judge in 2011.

He was also the first person of Asian origin and the youngest person, at the age of 39, to sit in the High Court when he was appointed as a Deputy High Court judge in...

Leslie Thomas QC

Speaking passionately on 13 May 2015 as the lawyer representing the family of two young children who died on holiday, Leslie Thomas QC, said that Thomas Cook should "hang its head in shame". This was at the end of the inquest into the death from carbon monoxide poisoning of brother and sister...

Chuka Umunna MP

Chuka Umunna made history when he was elected as a Member of Parliament for Streatham in May 2010 as he was the first MP for the constituency to have been born and bred there and the first person of full or mixed-African Caribbean parentage to represent one of three Parliamentary constituencies...

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