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Segun Osuntokun

As managing partner of the London office of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP), Segun is a visible advocate for social inclusion and ethnic diversity.  He has spoken at and actively participated in firmwide and office specific events and initiatives, reiterating the firm’s and Segun’s own commitment to ethnic diversity in their workforce. He is a founding member of BCLP’s Global Diversity & Inclusivity Board and co-chaired the firm’s social inclusion and ethnicity network. He spearheads ‘Race for Change’, an award-winning initiative addressing the lack of Black representation in the legal profession and supporting Black students and graduates by providing access to role models, networking, and guidance on applications to law firms. Segun led a delegation of London BAME lawyers to the firm’s Lawyers of Colour retreat in Denver providing the opportunity to forge relationships between BAME lawyers and to share best practice in relation to the intersection between socio economic background and ethnicity. He is actively involved with a number of mentoring schemes encouraging diversity in the legal profession. Segun has been recognised for his work in diversity by JP Morgan and for his legal expertise by the British Nigeria Law Forum, Legal 500 and Chambers.

Segun Osuntokun

Segun is the Social Inclusion & Ethnicity co-Champion in Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP). As a member of BCLP’s Partnership Board, he is a visible and vocal advocate for social and ethnic inclusivity. He spearheads “Race for Change”, an event addressing the lack of black representation in the legal profession, attracting 300 black students and graduates across three events. He marked UK Black History Month at BCLP in 2016 with a firm wide video, and led celebrations in 2017 with an event with David Lammy MP. Segun often represents the firm on inclusivity matters at external meetings, ethnic minority conferences and PR opportunities. Most recently he was invited by Lady Justice Hallett DBE, to join a group of senior BAME lawyers to provide insights into how judicial diversity can be improved. He also spoke in 2017 at an event by Generation Success entitled “Career Lessons and Stories by Senior Legal Professionals”, and at Deloitte’s Black History Month event. He is actively involved with Eastside Young Leaders’ Academy, and formally mentors one of their students, providing guidance on goal-setting, career options and building confidence. Segun also won the Diversity and Inclusion Impact Award at UK Diversity Legal Awards 2017.