A Birmingham barrister has been recognised for his professional work at the Black British Business Awards held in London.
Tom Lawal of Birmingham’s St Ives Chambers was presented the Leader of the Year Award for Professional Services at the EY sponsored event, now in its second year.
The Black British Business Awards, founded by Melanie Eusebe and Sophie Chandauka, celebrate and promote the significant contribution by black professionals in business in the UK.
Mr Lawal was called to the Bar in 2008 and joined chambers in 2009.
Also honoured at the event was Sir Trevor McDonald, who was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his ground-breaking career in journalism.
Ms Eusebe, chair of the awards, said: “I congratulate all of the nominees and winners of the second Black British Business Awards – each one of them are role models and demonstrate excellence in the work they do.
“I am delighted that Tom Lawal has won Leader of the Year Award for Professional Services.
“His individual achievement highlights that diversity in business makes for better business and diversity throughout the workforce is a commercial imperative for businesses in Britain.”