Latest News:
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Supporting our clients through challenging times. Find out more, click here.
CALL US:     020 7608 1227     Out of hours:     07826 559 418

Goodman Ray, presents, Frederick Cole, in celebration of black history month

Frederick Cole was born in the village of Waterloo, in Sierra Leone in 1852. With nothing but sheer determination and resilience, he graduated from Oxford University and became one of the first Black Barristers in Britain. His parents obtained a scholarship for him to attend a school which was known as the “Athens of West Africa” due to its high standards in Greek and Latin. It was there he met his role model, who encouraged him to enrol for one of the most prestigious universities in the world. Although Coles bid was not unprecedented, it was still very audacious for his time. Nevertheless, Cole applied and was offered a place. After a tumultuous time at Oxford University, in September 1879, he became the first black African member of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple. In 1883, Frederick Cole was finally called to the bar, as the first African Barrister to practice Law in English Courts.


Request a Free Call Back

Use this form to request a call from one of our Solicitors

    By completing this form you agree to our Privacy Policy.

    London (Head Office)

    9 Gough Square
    EC4A 3DG
    Get directions on the map →


    Mocatta House
    Trafalgar Place
    BN1 4DU
    (by appointment only)

    Get in touch with our Solicitors

    London Office

    020 7608 1227

    Mon - Fri 09:30 – 17:30

    Brighton Office

    01273 007 264

    Mon - Fri 09:30 – 17:30

    Emergency Phone

    07826 559 418

    Weekends / Out of hours
    • Authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority: 60514.
    • Goodman Ray Solicitors LLP registered under company number OC382130.
    • Registered address: 9 Gough Square, London, EC4A 3DG
    • Authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) – SRA number 592367.
    • Our registration number with the Information Commissioner is Z5059567.