21 Sep 2015

NOTICED and Law Society BAME: speed networking event

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NOTICED and Law Society BAME: speed networking event

On 21 September 2015, NOTICED and the Law Society co-hosted a speed networking event aimed at black and minority ethnic solicitors.

Various studies have highlighted that networking and access to positive and visible role models is important to the career development of BAME solicitors. With that in mind, the aim of this event was to bring junior BAME solicitors working in law firms together with senior BAME solicitors working in City law firms and in-house departments of corporates to network.

The event and the post-event networking drinks provided a great opportunity for delegates and speakers to mingle and network and to, amongst others, discuss challenges faced by the BAME solicitors in progressing within the profession and how to overcome those.

The event started with three keynote speeches, including a speech by the NOTICED Co-Chair, focusing on the importance of effective networking to the career development of BAME solicitors and how it can be done well. This was followed by an hour of speed-networking, during which time the attendees spent 15 minutes at 3-4 different tables, each with its own ‘senior BAME host’. The networking was group based.

Networking table hosts were:

  • Hammad Akhtar, partner, Ashursts (also member of the NOTICED Steering Committee)
  • Abayomi Akinjide, partner, Fasken Martineau
  • Funke Abimbola, in-house counsel, Roche UK
  • Dawn Braithwaite, partner, Mills and Reeve
  • Arpita Dutt, partner, Brahams Dutt, Badrick and French
  • Kem Ihenacho, partner, Latham and Watkins
  • Tan Ikram, district judge, Judicial Office
  • Nilem Bhakta Jones, in-house counsel, Top Right Group
  • Trevor James, managing partner, Morrison and Foerster
  • George Lubrega, partner, Nabarro
  • Sunwinder Mann, partner, Baker McKenzie
  • Moni Mannings, partner, Olswang
  • David Myers, in-house counsel, Reed Smith
  • Paul McFarlane, partner, Weightmans
  • Bayo Odubeko, partner, Norton Rose FulbrightDele Ogun, senior partner, Akin Palmer
  • Lara Oyesanya, in-house counsel, Barclays
  • Krupa Patel, business development, Reed Smith
  • Kishoree Pau, partner, Freemason Solicitors
  • Shams Rahman, partner, Edwin Coe
  • Prajakt Samant, partner, Reed Smith
  • Michael Salau, partner, Berrymans Lace Mawer
  • Sunil Sheth, partner, Fladgate Field
  • Saki Suleman, partner, Reed Smith
  • Deven Vyas, business/client development, Reed Smith
  • Solomon Wifa, partner, Willkie, Farr and Gallagher
  • Ali Zaidi, partner, Edwin Coe