When MoFo’s Trevor James qualified as a lawyer in 1989, he set a target to become a partner by age 30. He (only!) missed his goal by one year, becoming a partner at 31. However, by 2007 – two years after joining MoFo – Trevor was named the first black managing partner of a city law firm.
He discusses his rise from would-be rugby player to first black managing partner of a city law firm in an article for The Lawyer as part of Black History Month, writing:
“What I enjoyed the most in my time as office managing partner was to see people grow and being part of a firm that genuinely adheres to the idea that talent is colourblind. MoFo has been practising diversity well before it became a thing. I continued to fee-earn while I was managing partner and I am now back to full-time fee-earning, which I love. Deals have gotten bigger, more complex and pretty much everything I do has a global dimension.”
Read the whole article here.