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POLITICS, LAW & RELIGION
POWERLIST 2010
FIDELIS ODITAH ADAM AFRIYIE, MP
QC, SAN Shadow minister for innovation, universities & skills
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Such is his stature and knowledge Elected Conservative MP for
that The Chambers & Partners Windsor in 2005, the highly
Legal Guide once wrote of Professor touted Afriyie was appointed
Oditah: “What he doesn’t know Conservative parliamentary leader
is probably not worth knowing.” for technology, media and telecoms
In the past two years, Oditah, the following year. He now has
45, has moved the bulk of his responsibilities for science and
extensive practice to Nigeria. innovation. His business experience
His UK practice is now primarily is well recognised. In 2005 he
focused on commercial arbitration sold his controlling interest in
and the Nigerian practice largely DeHavilland Information Services
specialises in commercial law and to Emap. In 1993 he was founding
investment arbitration. Oditah director of Connect – an IT services
is Shell’s preferred counsel of company pioneering fi xed-price
choice, acting on a range of pollution cases. He is also a visiting support. Connect in 2002 was recognised in the Virgin Sunday
professor at Oxford University’s faculty of law. He has also served Times Fasttrack 100 of Britain’s fastest-growing private companies;
as a consultant to the United Nations Commission on international he now acts as non-executive chairman. He is also non-executive
trade law and is the author of many books, perhaps the most chairman of Adfero – a news and information services group – and
notable being Legal Aspects of Receivables Financing (1991), a past appointments include governor of the museum of London and
leading text in its fi eld. a director of Policy Exchange, the centre-right think tank.
Infl uential because... he is a formidable Infl uential because... he is a successful
legal mind at the heart of commercial businessman and astute politician
legal disputes in Nigeria and the UK. primed for the top.
CARMEL JONES TREVOR JAMES
Founder & director, Pentecostal Credit Union Managing partner, Morrison and Foerster
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Jamaica-born Carmel Jones James made UK legal history in
founded and has been running for December 2008 when he was
the past 28 years the Pentecostal appointed as the UK’s fi rst black
Credit Union – which is, in effect, managing partner, at the London
a bank to the UK’s black-led offi ce of Morrison and Foerster,
churches. The PCU was founded in a leading US law fi rm and one of
1979 as a result of the top 30 largest law fi rms in
the need for churches to be the world. James is a tax expert
self-suffi cient and opened for with two decades’ experience of
business with a mere 21 regularly advising some of the
members. In March 1980 it world’s biggest banks and other
registered just £1,500 in funds. fi nancial institutions, public and
From this inauspicious start, the private companies, venture capital
PCU today boasts a membership houses, hedge funds as well as
of more than 2,000 and is the richest and most successful credit wealthy private individuals. London-born James completed his
union in the country with a turnover of about £10m. Despite master’s in taxation at King’s College, University of London and
having suffered a major stroke 10 years ago, Reverend Jones has qualifi ed as a solicitor in 1989. After serving as head of DLA Piper’s
still managed to take PCU from strength to strength. Its positive London tax group in 2000 he became a partner then joint head of the
impact on the community saw Reverend Jones awarded an MBE international tax group at Bird & Bird. He joined Morrison Foerster
in 1990. as a partner in 2005.
Infl uential because... he heads a Infl uential because... he is in charge of
multi-million-pound, groundbreaking the London offi ce of one of the largest
organisation for black churches. law fi rms in the world.
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