The work of the BLD Foundation was started in 2006 by Debo Nwauzu, who wanted to highlight, promote and celebrate diversity within the legal profession.  Debo saw that young Black, Asian and other minority ethnic people needed a level of support that went beyond traditional areas of study and careers guidance to be able to fully achieve their potential in the field of Law.   The Milburn Report on Fair Access to the Professions, commissioned by the Government in 2009, recommended key action steps – a number of which were already being delivered by BLD. In January 2012 the BLD Foundation was formally registered as a charitable company limited by guarantee and a new team created to further develop the work of the Foundation.

”The LLP Programme has been without doubt the most privileged experience of my life! Without the skills, values and unique opportunities given to me on the programme, I would not have the confidence in my ability to succeed with my legal career that I now have”. Ricky Handa – BLD Foundation LLP participant 2009.

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