Black History Month

Black History Month: Looking backwards and upwards

As a woman of Nigerian, Jamaican and English heritage, born and raised in the north of England and from a working-class background, I grew up with strong ambitions, work ethic and pride in my background and culture. So for me, Black History Month (BHM) is an opportunity to celebrate and remember the achievements of black […]

Black History Month: Osborne Clarke’s TK Spiff

Coming from a Nigerian background there a few avenues you are pushed down, and my mum thought being a lawyer was what I was good at. Sciences didn’t work for me; law made sense at age 16. I was born in Oxford but grew up in Aylesbury. I have been in London for six years […]

Black History Month: Black Men in Law co-founder Isaac Eloi

I took Religious Studies, Business Studies, English and Spanish as A Levels. I liked reading, writing and analysing things that were linked to intellectual pursuits. I wanted to study something with languages and Law seemed like a good choice, so I read Law with Spanish at Sheffield. * Challenges came thick and fast and started […]

Black History Month: Heward-Mills’ Dyann Heward-Mills

I spent my formative years in Ghana until the age of 12 when I moved to the UK. I went to school in Nottingham. It was at sixth form college where I found myself and where I met more diverse people – my school was mainly white. It was strange being surrounded by a sea […]

Black History Month: BCLP’s Segun Osuntokun

I was born in Nigeria and came to England when I was 15 to go to boarding school to do my A-Levels. I did a couple of degrees – economics in London and a law degree in Oxford. I did my articles at and joined Wilde Sapte as a litigator and that is what I […]

Black History Month: 3VB’s Teniola Onabanjo

I moved to the UK (Romford in Essex) from Nigeria when I was 15 – that was a culture shock. Prior to that point I had never travelled outside of Nigeria. It was an interesting couple of years adjusting to the culture. Unusually, I studied law at A-Level. I enjoyed it so decided to study […]

Black History Month: Natasha Shotunde, Garden Court Chambers

My mother is a single parent of Nigerian and Kenyan descent, I grew up in Tottenham. There is something where parents from those backgrounds expect you to go into medicine, law, accountancy or an engineer. Every other job isn’t a job. I considered careers at an early age. I wanted to be a doctor initially […]

Black History Month: Globeleq’s Pamela Dusu

If I am honest it wasn’t that I put tonnes of thought into the decision to become a lawyer when I was 18. I was strong across a range of different subjects at school. I did Biology, Chemistry, History and German at A Level and could have gone in several different directions.  I felt the […]

Black History Month: Keating Chambers’ Krista Lee QC

There may not have been any doctors or lawyers among the people I grew up with, but everyone I admired shared a sense of public duty and its rewards. Many first-generation Britons will share my experience of helping older family members navigate the unfamiliar systems that surround them. I may have been a quiet child, […]

Black History Month: Arnold & Porter’s Kathleen Harris

I went to a state school in North London. One of the biggest challenges was getting people to accept that you had the ability to pursue goals. I watched a documentary when I was 16 called 14 days in May. It was about Edward Earl Johnson who was innocent and was on death row in […]

Black History Month: Mayer Brown’s Kwadwo Sarkodie

I am mixed race; my father is from Ghana and my mother is from the UK. I was born in the UK but grew up in Tanzania. I spent my formative years there and came to the UK aged 12 for secondary school and university, but regularly travelled to Tanzania over that period. I have […]