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LYLG Diversity & Inclusion Virtual Event Series (Part 2) – “Allyship…Just a buzzword? Everyone can be an ally. But, what does it really mean?”

June 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Tuesday 29 June 2021 | 6pm – 7pm | via Zoom 

The Event

Members of the London Young Lawyers Group will be joined by a fantastic line-up of panellists to consider the meaning of “allyship” in the context of the legal profession. During the event, we will explore what progress, if any, the legal profession has made in recent years and the ways in which we can be better allies to our colleagues and within the wider community across diversity strands.

The Panellists

We will be joined by a brilliant line-up of panellists:

Chris Watson

Global Head of TMC | CMS

Chris Watson is one of the world’s leading communications law experts, and also a vigorous supporter of Diversity and Inclusion in all that he does.

He is Head of the CMS worldwide Technology, Media and Communications group and leads an international team of over 400 lawyers (read more about Chris’s practice, here). He focuses on international commercial matters in TMC, particularly in areas where competition and regulation overlap, and on EU law arising in cross-border and complex transactions.

Chris is included as one of a handful of “Global Elite Thought Leaders” in Who’s Who Legal: Data 2020. His recognition as a Who’s Who Legal “Global Leader” in the categories of Data – Information Technology, and Data – Telecoms & Media also goes back for several years.

Chris is described by clients and contacts as “exceptionally bright”, boasting an “amazingly international practice”. Sources told Chambers and Partners: “He is very knowledgeable on telecoms regulation and competition law, and one of the nicest people you could ever meet.”

Liam Langlois

Co-chair of Queer Lawyers of Tomorrow | LLB Law Student

Liam is currently a law student at Queen Mary University of London.

Liam is also one of the co-chairs of the student-led network Queer Lawyers of Tomorrow which aims at enhancing visibility and support for future queer students entering the profession.

Liam’s personal journey transitioning at university and navigating a neurodiverse condition continue to strengthen his interest to push towards an intersectional approach to D&I.

Akil Hunte

Incoming Trainee Solicitor | Co-Founder of The New Black NTSU

Akil Hunte is an Incoming Trainee Solicitor at CMS.

He made history in Nottingham Law School by being the first student in history to be awarded the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Contribution for two consecutive years.

He won 7 awards at university, including a scholarship in memory of Stephen Lawrence, performed the graduation speech for his cohort and co-founded an award-winning university society called The New Black NTSU. He was formerly the Managing Director of a social enterprise called The New Black UK, which aimed to support young people between 16-25 with their personal and professional development.

He has a large presence on LinkedIn, with over 10,000+ connections, and has worked with LinkedIn on the launch of LinkedIn stories in November 2020. Furthermore, he has created many initiatives to support aspiring lawyers including an ebook called “Unlocking Yourself After Lockdown”, a marketing and branding programme called “LinkedIn Skills For Lawyers”, a LinkedIn live stream show called “Defy The Odds” and a WhatsApp group called “Law Top Tips”, helping tens of thousands of aspiring lawyers in the process.


Tuesday 29 June 2021 | Zoom | 6pm – 7pm

Registration for this event is essential so book HERE to avoid missing out join the LYLG for this virtual event which aims to raise awareness of allyship and D&I in the legal profession.

There will be an opportunity for you to engage in a Q&A at the end of the session.

Tickets are free for LYLG members and non-members, but spaces are limited.Registration for this event is essential so book to avoid missing out. 

Zoom Details

You will receive Zoom details via Eventbrite on the day of the event. Please remember to add the invite to your calendar as this will not be automatically generated.

Please share this invitation with peers, colleagues and contacts – the more attendees we have, the greater impact this event will achieve.

If you have any queries, please contact a member of the LYLG Committee on LinkedIn or email committee@lylg.org.uk and we will come back to you as soon as possible.

We look forward to welcoming you!


June 29
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm