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On 30 November 2018, we recognised the achievements of BNLF members. Thank you to everyone who took part in the nomination process. The Independent Judges shortlisted from the following categories: Community Service, Innovation, Academic Excellence, Excellence in Law and Women in Leadership.
The Winners are:-
John Femi-Ola was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2017. He is a highly respected criminal law and human rights lawyer at 3 Temple Garden. He was called to the Bar in 198 and has acted in numerous high profile cases ranging from murder/gangland shootings; terrorism; human trafficking; sex exploitation; large scale fraud; money laundering; drug offences to extraditions. He is vocal in his demand for greater diversity in the legal profession and has worked tirelessly in the encouragement of those from backgrounds not normally associated with entry into the legal profession.
Segun Osuntokun is the Office Managing Partner at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP). He has 25 years experience in litigation and arbitration with a focus on banking and financial services. He specialises in resolving complex disputes and claims which have elements of dishonesty, fraud or corruption. Has taken six cases to a full trial or substantive hearing on the merits and has obtained a successful outcome in all of them. He is a member of BCLP’s global Board, Head of the Africa Group and Head of the Energy Disputes Practice, with a focus on oil and gas and power sectors. Segun is recognised by Chambers and Legal 500 as a ‘leading individual’ for banking litigation and civil fraud, as well as a ‘foreign expert’ on Nigerian disputes.
Prince O.Williams-Joel, popularly known as Prince Joel is the Managing Partner of Prince Joel & Associates. He set up his law firm in 2010 and it now has branches in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt. He specialises in Immigration and property law using modern technology to solve the needs of his clients. He provides advice and assistance through his websites Ijebu Lekki lawyer and Immigration lawyer Nigeria. He is also the author of the Real Estate book: Compilation of Articles on Law and Property in Nigeria: Simplified.
Jennifer Chika Okafor is a solicitor who regularly offers her services free of charge to people within the African community. She has taken on many institutions and individuals and won on a paid or pro bono basis. Jenny is a Women’s rights advocate and activist. She is the founder of the Nigerian Women in Diaspora Leadership Forum (NWDLF), a group which helps women realise and utilise their leadership potential.
Saida Bello is a Housing Law Consultant for Setfords Solicitors and works part-time as a Housing Solicitor for Bristol City Council. In July 2017, Saida was appointed a member of the Valuation Tribunal England (VTE is an independent appeals body used by citizens to challenge business rates, council tax rates and other matters).She is required to sit twice a month as a judicial member of the VTE. She is Chair of Bristol City Council’s BME Employees Group and is part of the Mayor of Bristol’s Stepping Up Diversity Leadership Programme. In October 2018, Saida was recognised on Bristol’s BME Powerlist as one of the top 100 most inspiring, successful and influential people.
Ebunlomo Azeez is a 1st class graduate from Brighton University with an excellent academic record; she has achieved this success despite huge financial and health challenges. She is an aspiring lawyer currently undertaking a postgraduate degree at the University of Oxford. She has been the recipient of a number of prizes and awards. She was also selected by the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution as one of the top 50 emerging leaders nationally in the New Dialogues Programme.
Dr Jennifer Obaseki is a Business woman & a solicitor. She is the Director of LegalPaal LLP and Obaseki & Co Law firm. Jennifer runs offices and legal clinics all over the UK and also provides training and mentoring. Jennifer supports several community activities, she is the Director of Professionals Against Gender Based Violence and Affirm Human Rights NGOs supporting migrants and vulnerable people around the world. She also lectures internationally for Government NGOs and institutions including the United Nations and Oxford University.
Juliet Benson is the founder and Managing Director of J Benson Solicitors, established in August 2008. She is the Legal Adviser to Central Association of Nigerians in the United Kingdom (CANUK) and general secretary of the British Nigeria Law Forum. Juliet is passionate about Access to Justice and pro bono events. She is responsible for the creation of the CANUK Annual Legal Awareness Day. She is involved in projects with the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP. She has provided financial assistance and professional services to widows and the girl child in Nigeria.
Abayomi Okubote, a lawyer worked at Olaniwun Ajayi LP and specialises in dispute resolution. He is the Founder and President of the Association of Young Arbitrators (AYA), Co-Founder of Africa Arbitration and Managing Editor of Africa Arbitration Blog. He is currently a Doctoral Candidate at Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada. In the course of his PhD program, Abayomi has received a number of awards and scholarships.
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