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.
He is qualified in Nigeria and England & Wales and has the benefits of dual qualifications in the two jurisdictions. He is presently a Solicitor and Partner at High Street Firm Simon Bethel Solicitors Limited based in London which was established in 2008. Mr Okenla has cognate experience in Immigration, Family, Crime, Commercial Litigation and Conveyance. He is also an accredited Crime Duty Solicitor of England and Wales. Mr Okenla have also been involved in various high complex cases in England & Wales which covers high level and high net worth clients across the globe.
Prior to his practice in England & Wales, he worked in various law firms in Nigeria and financial institutions including Bank in Nigeria and rose to the position of Company Secretary /Legal Adviser of the defunct First Interstate Bank Plc where he resigned as Manager (Legal services) and was deeply involved in investment banking, mergers, syndicated loans and facilities and other wide range of legal financial instruments in the course of legal and banking career in Nigeria.
Mr Okenla has worked on Legal projects in Europe, Canada, America, Asia, Middle East and Africa.
Mr Okenla is on board of many companies and charitable trusts and is a member of many legal related and non legal related such as the Law society of England & Wales, Nigeria Bar Association, International Bar Association, d Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and amongst many others .
Juliet previously worked in the Criminal Justice and Policy Department for the Ministry of Justice for 12 years and during this time, was involved in establishing the Proceeds of Crime Act 2003 and its enforcement mechanism. She was involved in developing the use of video Links for vulnerable witnesses in England and Wales and also developed the Legal Aid Best Practice Workbook Manual for Her Majesty’s Court Services.
A dual-qualified lawyer in both England and the Republic of Nigeria.
Juliet is an active member of the community and is involved in many projects to advance community welfare and interests both in the UK and overseas. She is also the CEO of Arlington International Consultancy, a cross-border organisation consulting on legal issues in the UK and in Nigeria.
Juliet is passionate about access to justice and participates in pro bono events to ensure that legal advice and assistance is available to as many as possible regardless of their circumstances, hence the creation of the CANUK Annual Legal Awareness Day in 2017.
She is dual qualified, as a Barrister and solicitor in Nigeria in 2001 and then as a Solicitor in England and Wales in 2007.
She is a member of the Law Society’s Conveyancing and Land Law Committee. She is also an accredited mediator with a keen passion for dispute resolution.
Committee Member and Head of the Family Law Network
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.
Committee Member and Head of the Business Law Network
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).
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.
Committee Member and Joint Head of the Junior Lawyers Division
Aji is also the founder and creative director of an ethical family business and fashion tech company named MIA London which both collaborates with tailors based across Africa to make formalwear and streetwear and connects brands and businesses with a network of African-based creatives.
Aji is also the co-founder and co-chair of a social enterprise named The Law Collective which has been responsible for helping hundreds of Black students secure jobs within the legal profession by connecting them with their network of young Black lawyers, a board member of London-based start-up community organisation 'YSYS', and a committee member of the Black British City Group, amongst other things.
Amina Tatari Ali
Student Committee Member
I also have summer internship experiences at private law firms such as The Metropolitan Law Firm And Primera Africa Legal in Abuja, Nigeria. I am also passionate about engaging with more students such as myself to platforms such as the BNLF.”
BNLF Representative in the Ethnic Minority Lawyers Division of the Law Society
He has expertise in representing young people and his unique approach helps achieve the best for his clients. Michael is a representative of the British Nigerian Law Forum on the Ethnic Minority Law Division of the Law Society.
Outside of his legal work, he is a councillor for the London Borough of Southwark where he has helped drive changes to the use of stop and search powers locally.
Joint Head of the Junior Lawyers Division