BNLF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 2019 - 2020
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.
Dr Jennifer Obaseki
Dr. Jennifer Obaseki Multi-Award Winning plus Honorary Ph.D. for Humanitarian work. Chair of FIDA UK plus adviser to NGOs. Expert on Human Rights, BA in Law & Economics from Middlesex and graduate of the University of Law. 16 years PQE.
Founder of Obaseki & Co Ltd an international multi-award-winning Law firm specialising in Property, Commercial Practice and reported UK cases in Immigration. The firm's Private Client and litigation teams are respected due to success in complexed cases.
Due to demand for her expertise, Dr. Obaseki has an extensive consulting practice and delivers legal training sessions Worldwide. obasekisolicitors.com
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.
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.
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).
Co-Head Junior Lawyers Division
Toks Hussain is the Co-Head of the BNLF Junior Lawyers Division. He has a specialism in international law and currently works in the United Nations.
He's a member of the Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn and previously served as a Governor in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.
BNLF NON-EXECUTIVE OFFICERS 2019 - 2020
BNLF Representative, Law Society's EMLD
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.
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.
Co-Head Junior Lawyers Division
Ololade is a barrister at Five Paper in London. He specialises in commercial and property law. He joined Five Paper in October 2018 after successfully completing his pupillage. Ololade graduated from the University of Birmingham where he was awarded a scholarship to study Law with Business Studies.
He then studied for the Bar at the University of Law, Birmingham, with a scholarship from his Inn of Court (Middle Temple). Ololade was Called to the Bar in 2015 and, prior to commencing pupillage, worked for a global general insurer and within the tax litigation team of an international commercial law firm.