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Miss Araba Taylor

Full Title: Miss Araba Taylor
Category: Ordinary Bencher
Bench Call Date: 12.2.2019
Call Date: 25.7.1985

At the age of 13, Araba Taylor was chosen by her History teacher to participate in a school debate between ‘the Whigs’ and ‘the Tories’. From then onwards, she knew that she had a calling to an occupation which would mean being on her feet and arguing a case.

She followed in the footsteps of her uncle, fellow Middle Templar, Ernest Kurankyi-Taylor (who founded the Ghana Law School and was Ghana’s first Attorney- General after  Independence) and those of her mother Regina Esi Taylor who, at 91, is probably the Inn’s oldest student member!

Araba read Law at Cambridge and then did a Chancery pupillage at 1 New Square with James Munby QC. She was a Harmsworth Entrance Exhibitioner and Scholar. In July 1987, when she was taken on as a tenant at 11 Old Square, she became the first black person, of either gender, at the Chancery Bar.

After 22 years in Lincoln’s Inn, Araba relocated to Fenners Chambers in Cambridge in 2009. She continues to practise in wide range of property, trusts and probate work. Her practice has recently come to reflect the upsurge in inheritance disputes and elderly client cases. These often raise mental capacity issues and involve appearances in the Court of Protection.

In 2013, Araba was appointed Deputy District Judge (Civil)
of Thames Valley, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire. She also sits in the specialist jurisdictions at Central London County Court, hearing Chancery-related cases and dealing with the Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Company Restoration lists.

Araba has been an Advocacy Trainer since 1992 and a regular Scholarship Interviewer for more than 25 years. In 2018, she was elected a Bencher.

Araba is keenly aware of the challenges facing women barristers, especially those who are also mothers. Through the Bar in the Community pro bono programme, she served as a charity trustee for the Croydon Association for the Young Single Homeless for 6 years. She is a member of the Ghana Lawyers’ Association in the UK, which she helped to found in 1995. In 2017, she helped to set up the Bedford Legal Walk, fundraising for the Access to Justice Foundation.