Eight lawyers on new minority power list

Eight lawyers feature in a new power list celebrating black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) leaders in the world of business.

The UPstanding Executive Power List is the brainchild of a barrister, Sophia Cannon, and Suki Sandhu, the chief executive of recruiters Audeliss.

Judges ranked candidates against four criteria: the actions and impact of minority ethnic initiatives in the workplace; the actions and impact of minority ethnic initiatives outside of work; their achievements as a business leader and their influence within the workplace.

The top lawyer on the list is Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer New York corporate partner Timothy Wilkins. Freshfields London real estate partner Annette Byron also features in the list, while two female Slaughter and May partners, Sarah Lee and Nilufer von Bismarck, make the cut as well.

The other private practice lawyers included are Linklaters corporate partner Tom Shropshire and Greenberg Traurig chair Patricia Menendez-Cambo.

Lawyers on the list

16. Timothy Wilkins (partner, Freshfields)

19. Funke Abimbola (general counsel and company secretary, Roche UK)

28. Tom Shropshire (partner and co-head operational intelligence group, Linklaters)

55. Sarah Lee (partner, dispute resolution, Slaughter and May)

73. Nilufer von Bismarck (partner and head of equity capital markets, Slaughter and May)

75. Patricia Menendez-Cambo (chair, global practice group, Greenberg Traurig)

81. Annette Byron (partner, real estate, Freshfields)

90. Simon Dowson-Collins (general counsel, Harper Collins Publishers)