Jimmy Ogunshakin

LLB Law (Hons) 1992, PgDip Legal Practice Course

Community Engagement and Leadership

Jimmy is a graduate of Birmingham City University’s Legal Practice Course. Having been a student barrister of The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, he subsequently worked for Local Government Legal Services, Wragge & Co LLP, Newsome Vaughan LLP and Anthony Collins LLP. He is a solicitor advocate, appearing for clients in the High Court, and recently represented a client in the Court of Appeal (Civil Division).

In July 2008, he founded Mayflower Solicitors, a specialist employment and commercial law practice. He works with a broad and diverse client base including a number of not-for-profit organisations and small businesses. The firm undertakes pro bono (free) legal work for those who cannot afford to pay and who cannot obtain legal aid, especially in the fields of employment law, discrimination, housing and debt. Jimmy has also appeared on BBC radio, commentating on legal matters.

Jimmy is actively engaged in supporting the School of Law at Birmingham City University, encouraging and enthusing the next generation of students by providing input to the Faculty Advisory Board and the LPC Course Practitioner Liaison Committee, and by offering placements to current Legal Practice Course students.

Jimmy said: “The legal profession is changing very quickly at the moment and because we’re small and adaptable, we’re perhaps better-placed to react to this. We will continue to look at how we can give clients what they need and plan to open an office in London soon. My lawyers are given responsibility from a very early stage, and only last year I took on two law graduates and I hope both will go on to get training contracts and complete their LPCs in due course.

“I am truly humbled to have been nominated as one of Birmingham City University’s Alumni of the Year, it is completely unexpected. The work I have done with the university is simply because I feel that it is right for me to give something back. I have been blessed with the education that I have received to date and it is only right that I share this and provide opportunities for others to access.”