Black in Legal - Accessing Key Skills to Succeed

Thursday 5th October

6pm – 9.30pm

Bringing you the leading black legal professionals in the UK. Black in Legal will give you advice on how to gain a career in law and the key skills to succeed.

Speakers TBC

Alexandra Wilson

Barrister, author and campaigner

She first came into the public eye when she was mistaken for a defendant three times on the same day in court. She has made it her mission to challenge discrimination in the courtroom. Alexandra has been interviewed on BBC News, ITV news, Good Morning Britain and Women’s Hour, and has also been profiled in The New York Times and the Independent.

She is proudly from Essex – her Instagram is @essexbarrister. Her paternal grandparents were born in Jamaica and came to England as part of the Windrush generation.
Alexandra’s widely praised debut book “In Black and White: A Young Barrister’s Story of Race and Class in a Broken Justice System”, sets out her journey from Essex to the Bar, and portrays a justice system in which a disproportionately large number of Black people are charged, convicted and sent to prison.

Dr Tunde Okewale MBE

Award-winning barrister

Dr Tunde Okewale MBE is an award-winning barrister who practices at the Doughty Street Chambers. He is the founder of a charity called Urban Lawyers. Urban Lawyers is an organization that makes the law (in its academic, practical and career contexts) more accessible to marginalized groups in society. Tunde is also a co-founder of One Case At A time (OCCAT) is an independent, apolitical, non-profit organisation based in the United Kingdom. Its mission is to facilitate access to justice, funding and legal representation for disenfranchised minorities with a specific focus for Black people (forming part of the Black African diaspora) who may have been victims of injustice in the courts or any other emanations of the StateTunde was recently honoured master of the bench of Inner Temple, the youngest in its 650 year history. He was recently listed in Forbes as one of the twenty-five Leading Black British Business people to follow.

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