The BLD Interview

In this BLD Interviews, Debo Nwauzu interviews Narind Singh, Partner at Financial Institutions Group of Magic Circle law firm, Clifford Chance. Narind answers questions about his career and whether he faced obstacles in the legal profession for being both an ethnic minority and gay.

BLD Interviews Solomon Wifa, Managing Partner of O'Melveny & Myers speaks about his first ever job

An extract from the BLD Interviews by Debo Nwauzu when she asked Solomon Wifa, London Managing Partner of O'Melveny & Myers about his first ever job.

BLD Interviews Narind Singh, Partner at Clifford Chance

In this BLD Interviews, Debo Nwauzu interviews Narind Singh, Partner at Financial Institutions Group of Magic Circle law firm, Clifford Chance. Narind answers questions about his career and whether he faced obstacles in the legal profession for being both an ethnic minority and gay.

BLD Interviews Leslie Thomas QC, Barrister, Garden Court Chambers

Debo Nwauzu speaks to Leslie Thomas QC, barrister at Garden Court Chambers. Leslie, known for representing bereaved families in high profile cases against the Police, particularly in cases of death in police custody caused by restraint preventing breathing or adequate breathing known as positional asphyxia.

BLD Interviews Angela Jackman, Partner and Head of Human Rights and Civil Liberties, Maxwell Gillott

Angela Jackman is a Partner and the head of Civil Liberties and Human Rights at Mawell Gillott and a leading expert in Education and Community Care Law. In this interview she speaks to Debo Nwuauzu about, amongst other things, her case involving a young woman from Northern Ireland who was denied an abortion by the NHS in England, her case involving the building of a free school in Lewisham and the impact that recent withdrawal of legal aid has had on the human rights sector.

BLD Interviews Shailesh Vara MP, Minister for the Courts and Legal Aid

Shailesh Vara is a Member of Parliament and Minister for the Courts and Legal Aid in the Coalition Government. In this full interview, he speaks to Debo Nwauzu about, amongst other things, what the Government is doing about Legal Aid, diversity in the legal profession, his first job and why he went into  politics.

BLD Interviews Sandie Okoro, then Global General Counsel at Barings speaks about her first ever job

An extract from the BLD Interviews by Debo Nwauzu when she asked Sandie Okoro, the then Global General Counsel at Barings about her first ever job.

Retired District Judge Ray Singh full BLD Interviews

In this BLD Interviews, Debo Nwauzu interviews Ray Singh, the retired District Judge and the first ethnic minority judge on the Welsh bench. Ray answers questions about his first job as a taxi driver, the overt racism suffered as an immigrant in the UK in the 1960s and about being proud to be Welsh.

BLD Interviews Imran Khan, Partner at Imran Khan and Partners

Imran Khan, Imran Khan & Partners. Talks to BLD's Debo Nwauzu about his career in law and how his life changed since the landmark Stephen Lawrence case.

BLD Interviews Sandie Okoro, the then Global General Counsel at Barings

BLD Interviews Sandie Okoro, the then Global General Counsel at Barings. Sandie spoke to Debo Nwauzu about her life before law, her career so far and what she would like to do next.

BLD Interviews Judith Shepherd, Barclay's Global General Counsel of it's Corporate and Investment Bank

In this BLD Interviews, Debo Nwauzu interviews Judith Shepherd, Barclay's Global General Counsel of it's Corporate and Investment Banking arm. Judith speaks frankly about her career spanning over 25 years.

BLD Interviews Tony Williams, Principal of Jomati Consultants

BLD Interview's Jomati Consultants' Principal Tony Williams. Tony spoke to Debo Nwauzu answering questions about his career in law as former Managing Partner of Clifford Chance and Worldwide Managing Partner at Anderson Legal. Tony also talks about his work now in Jomati Consultants LLP.

BLD Interviews Moni Mannings, Partner at Olswang

In ths BLD Interviews, Debo Nwauzu speaks to Moni Mannings, Partner at the law firm, Olswang. Moni answers questions about her career in law, her former role as Practice Group Head of Finance and serving as the chair of Olswang's Diversity Working Group. Also find out what she would do if she could rule the world for one day.

Doreen Lawrence

Doreen Lawrence was born Doreen Graham on the 24th October 1952 in Clarendon, Jamaica. She came to England aged 9 and grew up in Brockley and Greenwich, both in South East London.

Trevor Phillips

This interview is with Trevor Phillips, the Chair of the new Commission for Equality and Human Rights (CEHR) and the immediate former Chair of the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE). 

Imran Khan Interview

BLD regularly meets top lawyers and this month we interview Imran Khan, the human rights lawyer and the senior partner at Imran Khan and Partners. Imran is well-known for representing the Stephen Lawrence family.

Sandra Kerr

Sandra Kerr is the National Director of the Race for Opportunity (RfO) campaign, a national business-led network of private and public sector organisations. RfO cover the whole of the UK, promoting the business case for race and diversity to encourage business to invest in diversity by creating new opportunities for ethnic minorities in areas of employment, marketing, purchasing and community involvement.  

Brenda King

Our Non-Lawyer of the Month is Brenda King MBE. Brenda King was born in London but received her secondary education in Barbados.  She attended Harrison College, Barbados; has a BSc in Statistics and Computing from University College, London in 1985 and has an MSc in Management Science and Operational Research from Warwick University. In June 2000 she gained the Advanced Certificate in Marketing Management Practice from the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Des Hudson

In Focus this month is Des Hudson, Chief Executive of the Law Society of England and Wales and the immediate former Chief Executive of the  Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS). 

Des was born in Halifax, Yorkshire, in 1955. He read Law at the University of Leeds in 1977 and qualified as a solicitor in 1980, becoming the first lawyer in his family.

He worked as a solicitor in private practice until 1987. During that time he became a salaried partner at Goldberg, Black & Howards in Manchester, specialising in Crime and Child Protection work.

Mrs Justice Dobbs

In Focus this month is the Honourable Mrs Justice Dobbs DBE, who became Britain’s first (and so far, the only) non-white High Court judge in October 2004. She is also the only non-white High Court judge out of the 10 female High Court judges. She has many titles and accolades, including Queen’s Counsel, a doctorate and a Dame.

Andrew Holroyd

In Focus this month is Andrew Holroyd, OBE, President of the Law Society of England and Wales, the professional body for over 130,000 practising solicitors.