Seye is dual qualified as a Solicitor in the UK and a Solicitor and Advocate in Nigeria. Her career spans over 30 years with experience which includes working for health and professional bodies, in private practice and also for Local Authorities. She has managed legal cases at all levels including her involvement in the first landmark case (in Re: M) considered by the House of Lords under the Children Act 1989. Her expertise in professional conduct, standards in public life and professional regulation has led to public appointments as an Independent Member of the Standards Committee of the Greater London Authority and the Professional Conduct Committee of the UK Council of Psychotherapy. She has also been an Investigator for organisations such as the Bar Council, the Parliamentary & Health Service Ombudsman and AQA.
Babatunde Akinyanju (Babs) is a legal adviser at the East London Family Court. He advises lay justices on all aspects of Public and Private Law including Child Arrangements Orders, Adoption and Family Law Act matters (Non-Molestation and Occupation Orders) He read law at the University of Lagos and was called to the Nigerian Bar in March 1988. He requalified as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in June 1995. Over the past 28 years, Babs has specialized in criminal litigation, family proceedings, licensing and civil litigation. In the course of his career, he has trained Magistrates, Metropolitan Police Officers, Women’s Refuge Groups and members of the Nigerian Judiciary. In 2014 he took a career break and worked as an independent consultant in the law and education sectors in Nigeria. Babs is the longest serving executive member of BNLF: he was elected Vice Chairman from 2007-2009; Chairman from 2009-2015 and is currently its Treasurer. Other professional memberships include the Justices Clerks’ Society; Law Society of England and Wales, Nigerian Bar Association and the Black Solicitors Network. He is an active supporter of various charities including Lupus UK, Sickle Cell Foundation of Nigeria and Adopt-A- Camp He also serves as a churchwarden at his local parish church.
Kash Balogun is the head of the Africa team at Bircham Dyson Bell LLP and has been at the firm for 5 years following stints at Clifford Chance and Skadden Arps. He specialises in commercial litigation and international arbitration with a particular focus on oil and gas, construction and mega-infrastructure disputes that relate to or originate from the sub-Saharan Africa Region. He is member of the Technology and Construction Solicitors Association (TecSA); the Society of Construction Law (SCL); the Commercial Litigation Association (CLAN) and the London Solicitors Litigation Association (LSLA).
Rebecca is an aspiring barrister, and a member of Lincolns Inn having been awarded a scholarship of Hague Internship in 2014. She graduated from the London South Bank University in 2002 with an LLB Hons degree and has recently commenced the Bar Professional Training Course with City Law School which she intends to complete in 2018. She is also a Trustee with Ealing Equality Council. In 2015, she established RAMGS Consultancy Ltd where she provides advice to private clients on a variety of issues.
Paul graduated from Staffordshire University Law School in 1993 with a bachelor degree in Law after which he went on to Birkbeck, the University of London where he obtained a Master’s Degree in International Business. He qualified as a Solicitor in England and Wales in March 2005. He is also a member of the New York State Bar and was admitted as Attorney-at-Law in March 2002. Paul was also admitted to the Nigerian Bar in 2014 and is now based in Nigeria. He has proven experience in company commercial matters and commercial litigation gained in both the public and private sectors involving US Law, English Law and Nigeria Law; having gained legal experience in a number of City of London law firms and a top Canadian law firm. He has also undertaken a number of high profile in-house roles notably as a commercial lawyer at a large multi-national pharmaceutical company.