Black Letter Law Directory | 2015 | The Groups

There are various legal groups and associations and in this section we feature some of the most senior black and minority ethnic (BME) members, particularly the Chairs and immediate past Chairs.

Kweku Aggrey Orleans

Kweku Aggrey Orleans is a barrister at 12 King’s Bench Walk Chambers. He was called to the Bar in England and Wales in 1998 and admitted to the Bar of the Republic of Ghana in 2010. He is a member of the Commercial Bar Association’s Africa...

Stephen Akinsanya

Stephen Akinsanya  is the Chair of the British Nigeria Law Forum (BNLF) since April 2015. Stephen is a barrister specialising in complex and serious crime both in England and Wales and in the Turks and Caicos Islands. He is an associate member of the Institute of Chartered Arbitrators,a...

Babatunde Akinyanju

Babatunde (Babs) Akinyanju was Chair of the British Nigeria Law Forum (BNLF) between 2009 and 2015. During his tenure he has established and maintained a strong relationship with various law institutions such as the Law...

Sarah Austin

Sarah Austin has been the Principal at Austins Solicitors in London since 2004, specialising in complex probate, including foreign assets and liabilities, drafting and explaining trusts and debt collection and litigation. She also holds Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners...

Cordella Bart-Stewart

Cordella Bart-Stewart, a fee-paid Immigration Judge and a solicitor, is a founder member, CEO, a Director, current vice chair and previous Chair of the Black Solicitors’ Network...

Rukia Baruti

Rukia Baruti, a non-practising solicitor qualified in England and Wales, is founder and Managing Director of Africa International Legal Awareness (AILA), a non-profit organisation working to build capacity in African and other developing countries on international economic law, with a core...

Sundeep Bhatia

Sundeep Bhatia is the principal of Beaumonde Law Practice in Pinner, Middlesex and a consultant to Blavo and Co solicitors. Sundeep specialises in Employment Law. He is...

Yvonne Brown

Yvonne Brown is a consultant with Legal Management Consulting in London and a former Chair and founding member of the Black Solicitors’ Network (BSN), of which she is now an Honorary Board Member. In recognition of her work, the BSN awarded her the Outstanding Solicitor of the Year award in...

Anna Gardner

Anna Gardner is the Executive Director of International Lawyers for Africa (ILFA). She was a Legal Director of Global Emerging Markets and Legal Strategy at technology giant Hewlett-Packard (HP). Anna graduated in Law from the University of Nottingham in 1991 and qualified as a solicitor in...

Peter Herbert OBE

Peter Herbert OBE, who was voted one of the 100 Great Black Britons, is a barrister who has developed an impressive human rights, childcare and heavy criminal practice. He is an executive member and has been the Chair of the Society of Black Lawyers since 1984, championing the cause of racial...

Makbool Javaid

Makbool Javaid is past Chair of the Society of Black Lawyers and was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Society of Asian Lawyers in May 2010. He is a partner at the Soho firm Simons Muirhead & Burton and head of its Employment...

Raj Joshi

Raj Joshi is the Vice Chair of the Society of Black Lawyers, having served as Chair between 2000 and 2001. He is also on the Committee of the Judicial Studies Board. He gave evidence for the Society and drafted some of the recommendations put forward to the inquiry into the death of Stephen...

Kalyani (Kaly) Kaul QC

Kalyani (Kaly) Kaul QC is the Vice-President of the Association of Women Barristers and a former Vice-Chair of the...

Paulette Mastin

Paulette Mastin, Counsel in the Capital Markets practice at Linklaters, became the Chair of the Black Solicitors’ Network’s City Group after its launch in 2008. She joined Linklaters as a trainee solicitor in 1995 and has been part of the firm’s Corporate Trust team within Capital Markets...

Sailesh Mehta

Sailesh Mehta, a barrister at 18 Red Lion Chambers, was a founding member in 1990 and past chair of the Society of Asian Lawyers (SAL). Under his Chairmanship, SAL challenged the Carter Reforms and he was also instrumental in initiating the Law Society Diversity Charter which was launched in July...

Ifath Nawaz

Ifath Nawaz is the Senior Solicitor for Chiltern District Council in Buckinghamshire and a consultant on planning and development work, parliamentary process and national infrastructure development.with boutique planning firm, Ivy League Ltd. She was the President of the Association of Muslim...

Nwabueze Nwokolo

Nwabueze Nwokolo is a council member of the Law Society representing the special interests of ethnic minorities and is also the current Chair of the Black Solicitors Network (BSN). She was called to the Nigerian...

Boma Ozobia

Boma Ozobia was elected as the first female President of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association in Hyderabad, India. The Commonwealth Lawyers Association represents lawyers from all 54 Commonwealth countries as well as Law Societies and Bar Associations from the Commonwealth. Previously, in 2005,...

Hanisha Patel

Hanisha Patel is a barrister at 7 Bedford Row Chambers and is Chair of the Association of Asian Women Lawyers (AAWL). The AAWL provides mentoring for its members as well as educational seminars, pro bono and networking opportunities. Hanisha is a Family Law practitioner, with a particular...

Neelam Sarkaria

Neelam Sarkaria is the Chair of the Association of Women Barristers. She is a criminal justice consultant and was until March 2015 the Head of the Criminal Justice Unit within the Strategy and Policy Directorate at the Crown Prosecution Service. Neelam also sits as a fee-paid Tribunal Judge in...

Razi Shah

Razi Shah is a partner at Windsor law firm Appleby Shaw since 2003 and is also a partner at Ainsley Harris, a criminal Legal Aid firm in High Wycombe. He was appointed as a Deputy District Judge (Civil) in 2009. He made history within the Law Society in 2006...

Semaab Shaikh

Semaab Shaikh is a barrister at Broadway House, which has Chambers in Leeds and Bradford. She practises in the areas of Family Law and Immigration Law and is recommended by the Legal 500 for her specialist knowledge and ability to represent clients in the most difficult situations. Semaab is also...

Jo Sidhu QC

Jo Sidhu QC is a barrister at 25 Bedford Row Chambers and No5 Chambers. He was called to the Bar in 1993, took silk in 2012 and was elected a Bencher of Lincoln's Inn in 2014.

Nikki Singla

Nikki Singla, a barrister at Wilberforce Chambers, is a member of Commercial Bar Association’s Executive...

Joy Van Cooten

Joy Van Cooten was the last national Chair of the Association of Women Solicitors (AWS) between 2011-2014 and the national Vice-Chair between 2010-2011. The national AWS is now part of the Law Society Women's...