BAME student legal conference 2018

Your future in the world of law: A workshop and panel for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) students and graduates - held in Bristol.

Join TLT, UWE Equity Programme, the Law Society Ethnic Minority Lawyers Division and a compelling line up of speakers on how future BAME lawyers can help shape the legal landscape.  13.45 – 17.30 followed by refreshments and networking. The event will be held in TLT's Bristol office.


To secure your place to attend, register here and enter your details.


13.45 Registration and refreshments

14.00 Welcome

Andrew Glynn, senior partner, TLT and Dr Zainab Khan, Faculty Academic Director Student Experience (Business & Law) / Director of the Equity Programme will open the event.

14.10 Keynote speeches from key BAME figureheads in the legal profession

 Dr Tunde Okewale MBE and HHJ Avik Mukherjee

14.50 Practical guidance on preparing and applying for a training contract

Ed Fiddick, partner and training principal at TLT, provides insight into what is required from a successful candidate applying for a training contract. Ed, together with current trainee solicitors Suliat Ogunyinka and Aziz Deen will take you through practical tips to strengthen your application.

15.30 Break – refreshments and networking

15.45 The in-house story

Lara Oyesanya, UK Counsel and Director Legal for Klarna Bank AB and Oliver Gayle, Head of Legal for the Credit Restructuring team at Barclays provide an insight into working as a lawyer within large banking institutions. They will provide guidance on what is required of in-house counsel in a fast-paced banking environment, and how you can draw on your cultural background to address day to day issues and advance your career.

16.30 Interactive panel and Q&A

Leading figures in the legal profession invite the audience to engage in an interactive question and answer session on how to gain a training contract or pupillage in this competitive market by using your BAME background to promote yourself and take that first step to qualification as a lawyer. The panel consists of:

  • HHJ Avik Mukherjee  - West Midland circuit
  • Dr Tunde Okewale MBE
  • Evelyn Ofori Koree Vice-chair of the Ethnic Minority Division Committee of the Law Society 
  • Jerry Garvey, Diversity & Inclusion Adviser at The Law Society
  • Lara Oyesanya, Klarna Bank
  • Oliver Gayle, Barclays. 

17.30 Refreshments, canapes and networking


To secure your place to attend, register here and enter your details.

Speaker profiles:

Dr Tunde Okewale MBE

Dr Tunde Okewale MBE

Dr Tunde Okewale MBE is an award-winning barrister, who practices at the Doughty Street Chambers, is also listed in The Sunday Times 2017 'Alternative Rich List' identified as having enriched the lives of others. A string of serious and high profile cases have earned him a reputation as meticulous and diligent. In a case, the first of its kind, Tunde set a precedent by working with a University Pro Bono Society who referred the case of Dwaine George to the Court of Appeal. Tunde successfully overturned his wrongful conviction. He then went on to win a number of high profile awards for his work in law and also for his sustained social involvement.  These awards include, Junior Chamber of International London Ten Outstanding Young People Award in 2013, named as Diversity Champion at UK Diversity Legal Awards 2014 and in 2015 won the inaugural Chambers & Partners award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Diversity’.

HHJ Mukherjee

HHJ Mukherjee

Both HHJ Avik Mukherjee's parents were immigrants, who came to the UK in the early 1960s.  He spent 25 years at the Criminal Bar before being appointed to the Circuit Bench, becoming Chambers' first home grown Recorder after making his second application for Recordership. He was appointed to the Circuit Bench in 2015. He was recently appointed as a Diversity and Community Relations Judge and has mentored students from Nottingham Trent and Derby University.

Oliver Gayle

Oliver Gayle, Barclays

Oliver is a director in the legal function and for the last 5 years has been head of legal for the Bank’s Credit Restructuring team (which deals with customers of the Bank that have financial problems). Oliver has been at Barclays for 10 years and prior to that was at a large law firm for several years. Oliver is also a director at the charity Frontline and has a keen interest in supporting initiatives for diversity in the legal and other professions.

Lara Oyesanya

Lara Oyesanya, Klarna Bank AB

Lara Oyesanya is the UK Counsel and Director, Legal for Klarna Bank AB. Lara is a solicitor, Senior Courts of England and Wales as well as a barrister, Supreme Court of Nigeria. Lara is a law graduate (LL.B Hons) of the University of Lagos and holds an LL.M in Comparative Company Law. As a trustee and non-executive director of Plan International UK, Lara is an advocate of the rights of children, in particular, adolescent girls. Also, as a professional ambassador, Aspiring Solicitors, Lara promotes diversity within the legal profession.

Evelyn Ofori Koree

Evelyn Ofori Koree, Vice Chair of the Ethnic Minority Division Committee of The Law Society

Evelyn is an award-winning Solicitor-Advocate (All Higher Courts) and Principal of Descartes Solicitors. She graduated with a First class LLB (Hons.) from London South Bank University and was a Wolfson Scholar of Lincoln's Inn, where she was also called to the Bar in 2001. Evelyn also holds an LLM from the University of Cambridge and is also an Attorney of the State of New York, USA. Evelyn was elected to the Law Society's Council in 2017 and is also a member of the Law Society's Immigration Law and Regulatory Processes Committees.

Jerry Garvey

Jerry Garvey, Membership development executive for the Law Society's Diversity & Inclusion team

Jerry Garvey is part of The Law Society's diversity & inclusion team which promotes and supports diversity and inclusion in the profession. With over 20 years’ experience in the D&I field working in the legal sector, he brings to the role a strong insight into the issues and challenges, and what is needed to make the profession more diverse and inclusive. He is the Law Society lead in shaping its race diversity strategy. Having worked on projects supporting BAME candidates enter the profession, and currently with BAME practitioners he is ideally placed to provide an expert's insight into the race agenda in the legal sector.


This event is organised in partnership with UWE Equity Programme and the Law Society Ethnic Minority Lawyers Division and supported by the Bristol Law Society. 

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Date published

01 October 2018


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