Celebrating the milestone in gender equality in the workplace, we have had to hunt down one of the UK’s fastest-rising woman in the legal industry. Kick-starting our ‘Women At The Top series’ for 2017, Funke Abimbola shares with Faustina Anyanwu, her most inspiring strategies to getting to the top and staying right there.
When looking to enter the legal profession almost 17 years ago, Funke was advised to steer clear of corporate law as this area of legal practice was “too competitive for a black woman”. Undeterred by this, she drew up a list of the top 100 UK corporate law practices and in-house legal teams and proceeded to cold-call the heads of department within each organisation with a sales pitch about what she had to offer as an entry-level employee. This brave and innovative approach secured her several interviews and an entry-level position with a large, fully-listed PLC company.
Now a multi-award winning solicitor, Funke is currently the most senior Black lawyer, working within the UK pharmaceutical industry and is one of the most senior globally.
Funke is also a senior leader for the world’s largest biotech company, a practising solicitor leading the legal and corporate compliance, company secretarial and data protection functions that support the company’s pharmaceutical operations in the UK, Ireland, Malta and Gibraltar. The company makes a difference to the lives of patients by providing innovative medicines that are targeted to the specific needs of individuals.
Her diverse team provides first-class support and is made up of trusted advisers who provide support and representation in commercial matters, intellectual property, competition, employment, litigation, pensions, data protection, pharmaceutical, regulatory, corporate compliance, anti-bribery & corruption law.
Funke Abimbola has been recognised severally, both professionally and within the community. These include winning double awards at Divas of Colour 2016, CA Award 2016. She was recently recognised by UK Prime Minister, Theresa May and also joined the BBC international news review.
The high-powered and insightful interview discussing women’s journey to the top, will appear in the January 2017 edition of C.Hub Magazine, which is available in print and digitally.
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