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This section features the women within Black Letter Law, many of whom have made history and/or cracked, if not broken, the glass ceiling.

Denise Nurse

Denise Nurse is the co-founder (with Janvi Patel) and CEO at Halebury, a London legal consultancy specialising in the technology, media and telecoms sectors. However, Denise is also well-known as a television broadcaster and...

Nwabueze Nwokolo

Nwabueze Nwokolo is a council member of the Law Society representing the special interests of ethnic minorities. She is also the current Chair of the Black Solicitors Network...

Araba Obodai

Araba Obodai was appointed a District Judge on the North West Region in 2005. In 2000 she became the first black President of the Manchester Law Society and only the third female to hold the...

Sandie Okoro

 

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

Joy Okoye

Joy Okoye is a barrister at Joy Okoye Chambers. She has over thirty years’ call and she specialises in Public Child Care law. She has undertaken a number of high-profile cases involving trans-racial foster placementsand she represented the London Borough of Brent in one of the most...

Ling Ong

Ling Ong is a partner in the London Market Team at Weightmans, a national law firm with offices in Birmingham, Dartford, Knutsford, Leicester, Liverpool, London and Manchester. She is based in the London office and specialises in reinsurance and complex coverage...

Grace Ononiwu OBE

Grace Ononiwu became the Chief Crown Prosecutor for the West Midlands in June 2014. In 2005 she became the first Black Chief Crown Prosecutor of African...

Pamela Oon

Pamela Oon is a barrister at Dyers Chambers and was called to the Bar in 1982. She is a specialist criminal practitioner and appears in crown courts throughout London as Lead or Junior...

Yinka Owa

Yinka Owa has been the Assistant Director of Legal and Democratic Services at the London Borough of Hackney Council since January...

Lara Oyesanya

Lara Oyesanya is vice-president and senior legal counsel at Barclays. Lara obtained her Law degree from the University of Lagos and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1982. She practised at the chancery and commercial bar before being admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales in...

Boma Ozobia

Boma Ozobia is the senior partner at the law firm Sterling Partnership in Nigeria, having previously been a partner at its London office. She made legal history in February 2011 when she was elected as the first female President of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association in Hyderabad, India. The...

Prakash Paran

Prakash Paran has been a partner within the corporate group at DLA Piper since 2006. She has extensive experience in Mergers and Acquisitions, corporate reorganisation, equity capital markets and joint...

Purvi Parekh

Purvi Parekh is a partner in the Media, Communications and Technology Group at Olswang. She specialises in commercial, outsourcing and procurement works in the telecoms and technology...

Kavita Patel

Kavita Patel is a partner in the Corporate Finance team at SGH Martineau, a law firm with offices in Birmingham, London and Brussels. She has been a partner at the firm since 2006 and specialises in private equity and corporate finance...

Hanisha Patel

Hanisha Patel is a barrister at 7 Bedford Row Chambers and is Chair of the Association of Asian Women Lawyers...

Misha Patel

Misha Patel left her post as a senior associate corporate finance lawyer at Magic Circle firm Clifford Chance to join the Office of General Counsel team at accountancy and advisory firm KPMG. Misha joined KPMG as its Assistant General Counsel in March...

Nasreen Pearce

Nasreen Pearce is a retired Circuit Judge and is the author of several legal publication, including the Inheritance Act...

Gail Price

 Gail Price has been  the Tort Law Convenor at School of Oriental and African Studies University of London (SOAS) since 2012. As the...

Stacey Quaye

Stacey Quaye has been a Senior Legal Counsel at HSBC since 2014 and was previously a solicitor at Magic Circle firm, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Heather Rabbatts

Heather Rabbatts' influence and experience span several sectors - Law, public sector, business, media and sport. Called to the Bar in 1981, she went on to make history as the youngest council chief in the country in 1987 when she became the 

Portia Ragnauth

Portia Ragnauth is currently the Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for the South East. Portia joined the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in the 1980s, having completed her pupillage at the Bar and worked for a number of Inner London branches, including Camberwell, Bow Street and Horseferry Road. She...

Kamal Rahman

Kamal Rahman is an immigration partner at City law firm Mishcon de Reya. She is a specialist in UK Immigration Law and in 2006 was appointed by the Government to the new migration Employer...

Bavita Rai

Bavita Rai is a partner at Weightmans, a national law firm with offices in Birmingham, Dartford, Knutsford, Leicester, Liverpool, London and Manchester. She joined the firm's Birmingham office as Head of Litigation Operations in 2006. She won the Lloyds TSB Jewel Award for Excellence in 2009...

Meriam Al Rashid

Meriam Al Rashid is a partner in the London office of international law firm Pinsent Masons. She is an American qualified lawyer and foreign-registered lawyer in England and Wales, specialising in disputes resolution. She is also...

Jayanthi Sadanandan

Jayanthi Sadanandan is the London Managing Partner at global law firm Latham & Watkins and its first female occupying the post. She joined the firm in 2010 and became its Deputy Managing Partner in March 2013 before assuming her current role in 2015. In 2014, The Lawyer magazine...

Selina Sagayam

Selina Sagayam is a partner in the London office of global law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. She was named in the London Top 50 Women section of Super Lawyers UK 2013. She was also named in The Lawyer magazine’s Hot 100 for...

Monica Sah

Monica Sah is a partner in the International Financial Markets Group at Magic Circle law firm Clifford Chance, specialising in Financial Markets Law and regulation. She was previously a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley and Head of Legal for International Wealth Management in Asia, EMEA and...

Toyin Salako

Toyin Salako is a barrister at 23 Essex Street Chambers and specialises in general crime, fraud and financial crime, regulatory and disciplinary proceedings and Police Law. She recently returned from the Cayman Islands, where she prosecuted on behalf of the Attorney-General there and assisted in...

Khatun Sapnara

Khatun Sapnara has been a Circuit Judge since 2014. She was formerly a Family Law barrister, specialising in the law relating to children, at Coram Chambers and was also a Recorder appointed in 2006. In 2015, she was named the first ever British Bangladeshi Power and Inspiration...

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