Tunde Okewale awarded MBE in 2016 Birthday Honours for services to the community and disadvantaged young people


We are delighted to congratulate Tunde Okewale on being awarded MBE in the 2016 Birthday Honours List for his services to the community and disadvantaged young people.  The honour recognises Tunde’s considerable work in advancing social equality and access to the legal profession, and to justice.


Raised on a Hackney council estate and the first in his family to graduate from university, Tunde, 32, is a barrister in our criminal team, and a Football Association registered lawyer.  He founded Urban Lawyers in 2009, a multi-media education and information centre designed to educate, engage and stimulate discussion amongst young people about their attitudes towards criminal law, policing and personal responsibility. Urban Lawyers also provides resources, information and opportunities for young people to secure work experience and jobs in the legal profession.


Tunde also undertakes pro bono work as part of his practice, a notable example being a case referred by the Cardiff University Innocence Project, which saw the wrongful conviction of Dwaine George overturned. This was the first ever case to be referred to the Court of Appeal by university students.  Tunde also provides legal training to Youth Offending Teams across the country, particularly those that deal with high-risk offenders, and he campaigns for law reform with organisations such as JENGbA (Joint Enterprise Not Guilty by Association), who intervened in the Supreme Court case of Jogee which corrected an error of law that saw a disproportionate number of young black men convicted for murder on a joint enterprise basis.


He is a Patron of the Hackney Community Law Centre and won 2015’s inaugural Chambers & Partners award for Outstanding Contribution to Diversity. 


We are sure his MBE will not represent the end of this work; rather, it will be a catalyst for even greater efforts!  

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