Category: Diversity and Inclusion Impact Award
WINNER: Segun Osuntokun, Berwin Leighton Paisner (Partner)
Segun Osuntokun is a partner in BLP’s Litigation and Corporate Risk Department and is also head of the firm’s Africa Group. Segun co-leads the firm’s Social Inclusion and Ethnicity task-group and has been integral to the progression of BAME understanding, supporting other BAME members of staff and including non-BAME colleagues in open discussions about ethnicity, encouraging them to join the task-group and celebrations of ethnic diversity at BLP. A core initiative, “Race for Change” which Segun spearheads, has welcomed over 200 black students and graduates to BLP careers day. This initiative has led to a marked increase in training contract applications from black candidates.
Segun said recently, “We hope that by this event and others in the pipeline, we will address and, eventually help redress the current imbalance in black representation in the legal profession by openly airing the issues and inspiring a new generation of black lawyers.” He has acted as a highly
visible role model and has actively and directly nurtured, coached and mentored many Black Solicitors Network lawyers and lawyers-to-be for over 10 years, and regularly speaks passionately about the importance of ethnic diversity in the legal sector and beyond.