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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...
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At 35 years of age Dr. Tunde Okewale MBE is the youngest leading barrister to be elected as a bencher at the inner temple criminal bar. Coming from a council estate in Hackney East London, Tunde was the 1st of 4 children in his family to attend higher education. For years, he simultaneously balanced part-time...
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Patricia Janet Scotland, Baroness Scotland of Asthal PC QC was born on 19 August 1955 in Dominica. As a child she moved to the UK with her family and grew up in the East of London. She trained as a lawyer and became the first black woman to be appointed a Queen’s Counsel (QC) in 1991....
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Tunji Sowande has many firsts to his name as a black legal professional in England and Wales. He was the first black person to gain tenancy, first black head of chambers, and first black Deputy Circuit Judge. There is little information about him readily available but we do know that he was born in 1912...
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In October 2004, The Hon. Dame Linda Dobbs DBE became the first non-white high court judge to be appointed in the UK. She has been named amongst Britain’s most powerful black women. She came to the UK from Sierra Leone as a child and went on to study at the University of Surrey and then...
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