Aims & Objectives


The BSN City Group is the City arm of the Black Solicitors Network and was formed in 2008 with the aim of focusing on the needs of, and issues affecting, black commercial lawyers (both in-house and in private practice) practising in and around the City of London and Canary Wharf ("City lawyers").


  • Provide networking opportunities for City lawyers
  • Promote and develop relationships within the profession among in-house counsel and private practice lawyers
  • Encourage and facilitate initiatives for professional development and to promote diversity within the legal profession
  • Provide a forum for mentoring and career counselling for City lawyers at all levels

    The BSN City Group welcomes the support and assistance of City law firms and organisations, lawyers and like-minded professionals so that it can fulfil its mission and build sustainable professional relationships.


Paulette Mastin, Chair BSN and BSN City Group
Paulette Mastin

Counsel at Linklaters LLP and Chair of BSN and BSN City.

Trevor James

Partner at Morrison & Foerster LLP.

Sharon Thomas

Vice President – Legal at GENPACT

Bayo Odubeko

Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

Jennie Dorsaint

Partner, Paul Hastings LLP

Akima Paul Lambert

Counsel, Debevoise & Plimpton

Pamela Dusu

Senior Lawyer, Globeleq

Sedina Aidam

Director, Bank of America