Celebrating Black History Month: the past, the present and a vision for the future

03 October 2018

18:00 - 20:30

12 New Fetter Lane, London, EC4A 1JP

In celebration of Black History Month, we are delighted to host a panel event to discuss the significance of the history that gives rise to the celebration, the progress that has been achieved and the impact demonstrated in the public and private sector today. 

Registration will open at 18:00 with the panel discussion starting at 18:30.

Drinks and canapés will follow until 20:30.

Would you like to attend?

The programme

Speakers on the panel include:

Rob Neil OBE
MOJ's Head of Project Race – HR People Group

Rob joined the Ministry of Justice in 1983 working in various roles, before landing his dream job in Corporate HR. He was a founding member of the BAME Staff network in 2001 and later that same year, Rob became the first elected Chair of the Civil Service Race Equality Network – known today as the Civil Race Forum. In 2018, Rob was awarded an OBE for 'Services to Race Equlaity in the workplace and the community' and received his gong from the Queen at Buckingham Palace in May this year.

Evelyn Ofori-Koree
Solicitor – Advocate and Principal of Descartes Solicitors

Evelyn is an award-winning Solicitor-Advocate (All Higher Courts) and Principal of Descartes Solicitors, a practice she has run for over 10 years. She graduated with a First class LLB (Hons.) from London South Bank University and was a Wolfson Scholar of Lincoln's Inn, where she was also called to the Bar in 2001. Evelyn also holds an LLM from the University of Cambridge and is an Attorney of the State of New York, USA. Evelyn was elected to the Law Society's Council in 2017,  is a member of the Law Society's Immigration Law, Regulatory Processes and Policy and Regulatory Affairs committees and Vice-Chair of the Ethnic Minority Lawyers Divison.

Nadia Motraghi
Senior Barrister – Employment and Equality Law

Nadia is a senior barrister at Old Square Chambers specialising in employment and equality law. She has considerable expertise working for both employees and employers in cases relating to all forms of discrimination and equal pay. Her cases have taken her to courts and tribunals around the country as well as all the way to the Supreme Court. In addition, Nadia enjoys working closely with organisations on issues of diversity, equality and unconscious bias. Prior to becoming a barrister, Nadia worked for the Law Commission and also as a lecturer at a number of UK and US universities. She is a graduate of Oxford University and Harvard Law School. 

Trevor James
Partner, Tax Group, Morrison & Foerster

Trevor James is a partner in the Tax Group of Morrison & Foerster’s London office. He has over 25 years’ experience in providing corporate and international tax advice including as Partner at Bird & Bird. His clients include international banks, public and private companies, venture capital houses and high-net-worth individuals and he has sector-focused experience in advising technology, healthcare, media and communication companies.