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MaameYaa Kwafo-Akoto

MaameYaa established a quarterly networking group for black junior lawyers at A&O. Her aim is for junior lawyers to receive advice, encouragement and sponsorship in an open environment. She has also been instrumental in spearheading A&O’s first BAME group, including preparing a charter of the group’s aims and organising events in support of UK Black History Month. MaameYaa is on the panel of interviewers for future trainee solicitors as she believes that it is important to have a diverse interview panel to represent the firm that A&O wants to be. She has had various speaking engagements at universities and schools where she has spoken to BAME students seeking a career in law. MaameYaa has also hosted career insight days at A&O for young black girls interested in a career as a City lawyer, and is frequently sought out as a mentor/sponsor to junior staff. MaameYaa helped introduce the firm to AfriKids, the charity based in Ghana, which went on to become a hugely popular choice as the staff selected charity partner. This relationship helped A&O’s staff have a deeper understanding of Ghanaian culture, with staff contributing through fundraising, donations, and pro-bono support.