Ethnic Minority Division Committee members

Posted: 24 July 2017

 Chair: Koser Shaheen

Koser is a practice development lawyer at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, general secretary of the Association of Muslim Lawyers, and a member of Cleary Gottlieb’s London diversity committee. She qualified as a capital markets associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and has recently been elected as council member for BAME constituency.

 Vice-chair: Evelyn Ofori Koree

Evelyn is a solicitor-advocate (All Higher Courts). She is the principal solicitor and director of Descartes Solicitors. Since 2014 she has been an attorney and counsellor of the State of New York. Evelyn graduated with a First class LLB (Hons.) from London South Bank University LLB, was a Wolfson Scholar of Lincoln’s Inn, where she was also called to the Bar, and holds an LLM from the University of Cambridge.

 Council member: Nwabueze Nwokolo

Nwabueze was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 1978, and as a solicitor in England and Wales in 1995. She was chair of the National Black Solicitors Network in 2010 and co -chair of the Minority Lawyers Conference 2010/2011. She is a certified mortgage specialist and holds the Institute of Financial Services’ Commercial and Mortgage Lending Diploma.

 Sundeep Bhatia

Sundeep is an accredited mediator, a solicitor advocate with higher rights (criminal) and a duty solicitor. He recently established a pressure group, Asian Lawyers GB, to highlight issues affecting BME lawyers. Sundeep is also chair of the Law Society Regulation Affairs Board.

 Rajiv Sharma

Raj is group legal director and company secretary at Wincanton Plc. He is a member of the Society of Asian Lawyers and has been involved in a variety of pro bono programmes, including serving on two regional boards of Young Enterprise, a leading UK enterprise education charity.

 Shabab Hamid

Shabab qualified as a solicitor in March 2012 and joined Freemans Solicitors the same year. He has been Level 2 Accredited under the Immigration Accreditation Scheme (Law Society) since 2006. His areas of expertise are immigration, asylum, human rights, European law and business immigration. He attends First Tier Tribunal (IAC) as an advocate.

 Sophie Khan

Sophie is solicitor-director at Sophie Khan & Co Solicitors and Higher Court Advocates, which specialises in civil liberties and human rights law. She has campaigned on equality, diversity and inclusion issues. Sophie is a member of the Law Society’s Civil Justice Committee, the Law Society’s Small Firms Division and the Solicitors Association of Higher Court Advocates.

 Joseph Lam

Joseph is a project finance lawyer with DLA Piper focusing on energy and infrastructure projects in Africa and other emerging markets. Joseph was qualified in England and Wales and Hong Kong in 2001. He is a member of the Hong Kong Society.


 Umar Kankiya

Umar is a solicitor and head of Mental health for Sternberg - Reed solicitors. He has represented people detained under the Mental Health Act since 2011 and has been a Law Society Mental Health Accredited Member and Qualified Solicitor since 2012. Umar is also a trustee for the charity Lovelife Generation.

 Angeli Vadera

Angeli is a solicitor at Keoghs Solicitors and vice-chair of the Hindu Lawyers Association. Her primary role on the committee is to promote the interests of Hindu lawyers and encourage them to engage with the Law Society. She also has a strong interest in supporting south Asian women in the profession.

 Maria Seale

Maria qualified as a chartered legal executive in 1997 and as a solicitor in 2001. She previously worked as senior solicitor to the Fitness to Practice team at the General Optical Council and has spent 21 years in private practice working for firms such as Lewis Silkin, Russell-Cooke, and Veale Wasbrough Vizards.

 Marcia Longdon

Marcia is a solicitor and partner at Kingsley Napley LLP. She is interested in immigration, nationality and European law. She has a collaborative approach with the Home Office and is often asked to participate in roundtable discussions on immigration policy. She provides technical and compliance training on corporate immigration for HR professionals in various industries.

 Leena Savjani

Leena Savjani is a senior associate solicitor at national law firm Irwin Mitchell. She practices medical negligence law and is a renowned expert in that field. Leena also leads Irwin Mitchell’s internal diversity group ‘IM Respect’ in London, a listening group for BME staff members at her firm. The group promotes and champions diversity both internally and externally. Leena is passionate about law, diversity and inclusion and is the vice-chair of the Association of Asian Women Lawyers. She speaks regularly at educational events for law students and is keen to play a key part in improving diversity in the legal profession.