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Becoming a BAME judge workshops

Monday, January 16, 2017

If you’re thinking of becoming a judge, The Law Society is running 2 free workshops on judicial appointments: interview training for solicitors. The course is aimed at Black and Asian solicitors.

The workshops help solicitors with the skills to help enhance your application and interview performance. They’ll take place on:

  • Saturday 25 February 2017 at The Law Society, London (applications close 17 February)
  • Saturday 21 October 2017 at The Law Society, London (applications close 6 October)

The intensive one-day training will focus on the competency based application and selection process. You will receive practical advice on completing the application form, incorporating your experiences and interview practice with feedback.

The workshops are for solicitors with a minimum of 5 years post-qualification experience who are considering applying for a judicial appointment. If you believe that you are able to demonstrate the JAC’s competencies or looking to develop them further, then this training event will be invaluable.

To apply

If you would like to be considered for a place, send your CV and a covering letter outlining why you consider yourself suitable for judicial appointment, keeping in mind the skills and qualities for appointment and how you believe you would benefit from the course. In your covering letter, please indicate which session you would prefer to attend.

Places are limited to 10 delegates and are allocated based on your CV and the information you provide.

To apply for a place, email Jerry Garvey with your CV and covering letter.

BNLF encourages eligible members to consider this free workshop.

Also look out for future editions of our BNLF Magazine/Newsletter for a special feature on Judges who are also BNLF members.


It gives me great pleasure to present the British Nigeria Law Forum’s Newsletter. Please note the dates for upcoming BNLF events starting from September, we will send further updates by email and information will be on our website and social media. You can now book for the BNLF Christmas Dinner on Friday 1 December 2017 (see the Newsletter/Eventbrite). The BNLF Dinner is our last big event for the year so we hope you can make it and invite your friends too. We look forward to welcoming Mr. A. B. Mahmoud, SAN (OON), President of the Nigerian Bar Association and other distinguished guests.

Enjoy the Newsletter and please get involved as we plan our future activities. Don’t forget to complete our skills survey, the details are in the Newsletter. To ensure that the membership continues to grow it is important that existing members pay their membership fees and we look forward to welcoming new members to BNLF. Follow us on all our social media platforms (Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter).

Seye Aina

Chair BNLF



Paid up members of the British Nigeria Law Forum (BNLF) can receive a 25% discount to attend the Africa Fashion Week London, 11-12 August 2017. Catwalk Shows: Friday 5/7pm & Saturday 3/ 5/7pm

The Promo code will be sent to Members on request.



Dear Colleagues,

BNLF 2017 Skills Survey

We are excited to announce the British Nigeria Law Forum 2017 Skills SurveyGiven your interest in BNLF and our activities in the UK and Nigeria, your participation is highly welcomed.

Please click on the link below to begin the survey – it should only take a few minutes. We advise against completing this survey on anything smaller than a tablet

Start Survey:

 Please note that the survey will remain active until 26 August 2017

 Thank you very much.

 Seye Aina


British Nigeria Law Forum





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