Stephen Akinsanya

(2015 - 2017)

Babatunde Akinyanju

(2009 - 2015)

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.


Oba Nsugbe QC, SAN is widely acknowledged as one of the UK’s and Nigeria’s leading barristers. He has a broad international practice with a particular interest in Africa. He provides high-level advice and representation for individuals, corporate clients and other organisations, (including NGOs), in matters ranging from business crime and corrupt practices, commercial litigation and dispute resolution.

He took silk in 2002, and since 2004 has acted as Grade A Advocacy Trainer at Gray’s Inn, where he became a Bencher in 2005. The following year, in 2006, he was appointed Joint Head of Chambers, elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and became the Legal Advisor to the Central Association of Nigerians in the UK. He also acts as a Legal Assessor for the General Medical Council .

He was chair of the British Nigeria Law Forum (BNLF) from 2005 until 2009. He continues to be active in the BNLF and has been appointed to a number of important Bar Council committees over the years. He has also been involved in the training of judges and the reform of civil procedure law in Nigeria.

In November 2008 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award to the profession from the Black Solicitors’ Network and the year before that, the Minority Lawyers' Conference Award for his work for, and with, BME practitioners. In 2009, he was appointed an Honorary Professor of Law by City University. He has appeared in ChambersUK's Leading Lawyers for the past seven years. In addition to becoming a SAN in Nigeria, his overseas appointments have included being a member of the Body of Benchers in Nigeria, Chair of the G50 business group (“investing in Nigeria”) and a Fellow of the Nigeria Leadership Initiative

Prof. Oba Nsugbe QC, SAN

A Founding member (2005-09)