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"Career advisers and numerous people in the profession told me that I would never be able to make it. My journey to the Bar was very difficult. It's a competitive global marketplace, which places an emphasis on excellent academic achievement. Moreover, it was evident to me from early on that my social and academic background was the polar opposite of the private school and Oxbridge-educated tradition of the Bar. One of my biggest issues was - and is - confidence. People from working class backgrounds have a confidence barrier - or, certainly I did. They don't think certain opportunities are for them so they eliminate themselves. I feel this stems from the soft bigotry of low expectations that stems from educational institutions even prior to university: you can go to a Russell Group university, but you haven't necessarily been to a secondary school that encourages you to change the world, so you're not going to have those aspirations unless you have a good support base at home to push you forward. I think that needs to be the focal point that starts at a much younger age in schools - people are in university or in jobs based on the paradigms they created when they were younger. Knowing the importance of those initial steps is one of the reasons why I have been so keen to give back to the community that fostered me, nurturing a new generation from "non-traditional" backgrounds. I founded @urbanlawyers , is a registered charity that works to makes the law (in its academic, practical and career contexts) more accessible to marginalised groups in society. Urban lawyers is currently run by a committee of young diverse legal professionals practising as barristers and solicitors in firms across the country. Our main passion is to provide inspiration and education to all who have or will come into contact with the legal profession. Through our work we allow students to discover the legal profession in a way they may not otherwise be able to. #IamTheBar "
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