Join us on Wednesday 1 November at Kingsley Napley for the monthly meeting of our BAME Network, where we will discuss the in-house perspective on BAME inclusion in the legal sector. We will explore BAME recruitment, retention, and advancement, and hear from our panel of experts who are at the top of their game in the in-house world.

We are very honored to have joining us the amazing:

Funke Abimbola MBE FRSA, UK General Counsel & Head of Financial Compliance, Roche
Sophie Chandauka, Executive Director and Chief Administrative Officer – Legal and Compliance Division, EMEA at Morgan Stanley
Dee Sekar, Deputy Chair and Senior Diversity & Inclusion Specialist, InterLaw Diversity Forum
Daniel Winterfeldt, Partner, Reed Smith; Founder & Chair of InterLaw Diversity Forum (moderator)

Date: Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Host: Kingsley Napley LLP
14 Saint John’s Lane
London EC1M 4AJ

18:00 Arrival and Registration
18:30 Meeting Starts
20:00 – 21:00 Networking Drinks

Thanks to Kingsley Napley for generously hosting this event.



Please join us on Wednesday 4 October at Eversheds for the monthly meeting of our BAME Network. We will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of Black History Month for the legal sector with a panel of inspiring speakers from both law firms and in-house.

Since its inception in 1987, Black History Month has given us many inspiring stories, reminding us of the tireless efforts of those who have fought for equality in the face of adversity, hate, and even danger. They did this selflessly, so that future generations would enjoy the freedoms and opportunities they were denied.

We will continue this tradition hearing stories of success and challenges from our stellar panelists:

Elwin Morgan, Associate, Gowling WLG
Elwin Morgan is a Birmingham-based associate who advises on intellectual property law with an emphasis on transactional IP in the life sciences sector, tech sector, and patent disputes.
Elwin’s science background and experience as a postdoctoral scholar in the United States is an important tool in his understanding of the client’s needs and adds extra value to his advice.
Elwin is of Sierra Leone descent has been associated with charity organisations raising awareness of the plight of its citizens. In addition to this, Elwin acts as a mentor to law students of his former law school.
Elwin holds a Ph.D in Molecular Biology and an M.Sc in Human Genetics.

Paul McFarlane, Partner, Weightmans LLP

Paul has over 20 years experience advising on all aspects of employment law. Prior to working at Weightmans LLP he worked in-house, firstly for London Transport and then Royal Mail. He regularly writes in the national and HR press on employment law issues.
Paul is also chair of the Employment Lawyers Association’s Legislative & Policy Committee which comments on proposals made for employment law reform by government etc.
Paul is also a Board member of the Black Solicitors Network with responsibility for Careers and Development which involves him engaging with firms to try and promote better diversity and inclusion practices.

Sharon Blackman, Director and Deputy General Counsel, Citi
An English law qualified Barrister and NY Attorney, Sharon has worked for Citi for over 11 years. She is a Director in the Markets and Securities Services division of Citi’s General Counsel’s Office and heads the legal team responsible for FX, FX Prime brokerage and Ecommence and has previously had responsibility for covering FICC & Equity Derivatives, Strategic Investments and Index Algorithmic products.
Sharon sits on Citi’s EMEA Legal Diversity Committee and represents EMEA on Citi’s Global Legal Diversity Council. She has been chair of the Citi EMEA Pro Bono Committee for the past seven years, which was named In-House Pro Bono Legal Team of the Year at the 2015 TrustLaw Awards.

Dee Sekar, D&I Specialist, InterLaw Diversity Forum BAME Network Co-Chair (moderator)
Dee Sekar is a UK qualified lawyer and Diversity and Inclusion Specialist. Dee trained at Pinsent Masons and worked at Addleshaw Goddard as a Finance solicitor.
In order to nurture her passion for driving inclusion in the legal profession, Dee moved to Chambers and Partners where she created and led the Global Diversity and General Counsel programmes for 5 years. She worked with law firms and general counsel in the USA, Latin America, Asia-Pacific and Europe. Dee has also worked as Head of Diversity & Inclusion at LGBT+ corporate membership organisation, OUTstanding and at social enterprise, MyKindaFuture.
Dee is also a Judge for the Halsbury Legal Awards 2018. She is currently studying on the Women in Leadership Executive Programme at Cornell University’s Business School.

Date: Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Host: Eversheds Sutherland
1 Wood St
London EC2V 7WS

18:00 Arrival and Registration
18:30 Meeting Starts
20:00 – 21:00 Networking Drinks


Thanks to Eversheds Sutherland for generously hosting this event.