Segun Osuntokun recognised at UK Legal Diversity Awards 2017

Segun Osuntokun, Partner at international law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), has won the Diversity and Inclusion Impact Award at the UK Legal Diversity Awards 2017.

He was presented the award at the prestigious ceremony held in London, in recognition of his work in the BAME Community and for spearheading BLP’s Race for Change initiative.

Segun is a Social Inclusion & Ethnicity Champion and co-Chair of the Social Inclusion & Ethnicity Group at BLP, a task force that is responsible for encouraging BAME aspiring lawyers to enter the legal profession, supporting the development and retention of BAME employees and fostering a positive culture for BAME and all colleagues to have open discussions about ethnicity and inclusion in the workplace.

Recognised by Chambers and Legal 500 as a ‘leading individual’ for banking litigation and civil fraud, as well as a ‘foreign expert’ on Nigerian disputes, Segun is Head of BLP’s Africa Group and many of his cases relate to or originate from jurisdictions in sub-Saharan Africa.

“It was a real privilege to be recognised by the UK Diversity Legal Awards. I believe however that the recognition should go to the members of BLP’s Social Inclusion and Ethnicity Group, whose enthusiasm and commitment have ensured that our Race for Change initiative has flourished.”

Founded in 2009, the UK Diversity Legal Awards are the only industry awards which focus solely on recognising, promoting and celebrating equality, diversity and inclusion across the legal profession.

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Notes to Editors:

About BLP’s Race for Change:

Race for Change is a biannual event aimed at African-Caribbean students/graduates who are interested in a career in law. The events – attended by more than 100 students – include sessions discussing the difficulties of entering the profession as a minority, application advice, exclusive talks from successful black legal professionals and more.

About Segun Osuntokun:

Segun Osuntokun, Litigation and Corporate Risk Partner at Berwin Leighton Paisner has over 22 years’ litigation and arbitration experience and expertise across a range of sectors. Segun specialises in resolving complex disputes and claims which have elements of dishonesty, fraud or corruption
Segun is Head of BLP’s Africa Group and many of his cases relate to or originate from jurisdictions in sub-Saharan Africa; and Head of BLP’s Energy Disputes practice with particular focus on oil and gas and power sectors.

Recognised by Chambers and Legal 500 as a ‘leading individual’ for banking litigation and civil fraud, as well as a ‘foreign expert’ on Nigerian disputes.
In May 2017, Segun was listed 77th in The Empower 100 Ethnicity Minority Leaders List, presented by the Financial Times.

About Berwin Leighton Paisner:

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) is an international law firm with offices in 14 different countries around the world including in Russia, Singapore, Hong Kong and United Arab Emirates amongst others.

Over 50 Fortune 500 or FTSE 100 clients have relied on our legal advice to protect their interests. We have completed over 47,000 projects for them in 128 countries, spanning over 60 different areas of law.

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