October 19, 2020
Scholarships – always a burning question for students looking to join the Bar. In this episode Elena speaks to David Forsdick QC, Chair of the Gray’s Inn Scholarships Committee and Tony Charles, Director of Education at Gray’s Inn.
How important is academic background? What does a good scholarship application look like? What are the chances of being awarded a Gray’s Inn Scholarship? How important is the application form? Have you heard about the Gray’s Inn Residential Scholarships? Who sits on the interview panel?
Tune in for the answers to these and other questions about the Gray’s Inn Scholarships. More information can be found on the website https://www.graysinn.org.uk/scholarships
October 5, 2020
In this episode Alana chats to Mary Prior QC, an advocate for social mobility and diversity at the Bar, about her practice in homicide and serious sexual offences and her journey to the Bar.
Find out why Mary believes law is a marathon not a sprint and what you can do to help yourself in this exciting journey.
September 14, 2020
Pupillage – a nerve wrecking journey that can sometimes take years. In this episode Alana chats to Markus Findlay and Oliver Haswell.
Markus was recently been offered pupillage after 5 five years, and explains how having a Gray’s Inn mentor – Oliver Haswell – has been instrumental in his success. Oliver speaks of the benefits of both being a mentor and having a mentee. Inspiring listening if you are looking for pupillage in these challenging times.
July 27, 2020
In this episode Alana Hughes chats to Family Law Barrister Prudence Beaumont in Manchester. Despite a keen interest in the law Prudence did a Masters in Education before pursuing a career at the Bar. Find out why Prudence chose this route and what transferable skills she gained from her experiences.
July 13, 2020
Laurence Cooper’s ideas on how he imagined Gray’s Inn to be like were largely as a result of a certificate which included the words “To the degree of an utter barrister” on the wall of his late fathers study.
In this episode Elena chats to Laurence, a future pupil, about what Gray’s Inn is actually like (from his perspective of course!), how the Inn has changed and modernised over time, and how it has been using technology to continue to serve it's members in the current circumstances.
June 29, 2020
In this installment of our "Meet the Barrister" series, Alana Hughes speaks to Zehrah Hasan on her path to the Bar.
Zehrah was awarded various scholarships from Grays Inn and has previously worked at a number of non-profit organisations, including Liberty and Southall Black Sisters. She has given oral evidence in Parliament as an expert witness and briefed the Joint Committee on Human Rights among other things. She is a pupil at Garden Court Chambers and currently sits on the Executive Committee of the Human Rights’ Lawyers Association.
Tune in to hear about her interesting journey so far.
June 15, 2020
After the stressful and exhausting process of applying for pupillage, prepping for interviews, first round interviews and perhaps even second round interviews, you receive the dreaded email and find yourself disappointed and low. How do you pick yourself up and what do you do next?
In this episode we chat to Angharad Marshall about how she dealt with the blow of not getting pupillage two years in a row, and what she did until she obtained pupillage.
Angharad shares valuable insights and tips and explains why, despite the heavy disappointment she felt initially, she was better prepared third time around.
June 1, 2020
In this episode Elena records her first remote podcast and chats to Vicky Wilson and Steve Innes on dealing with rejection, with a focus on pupillage application rejections.
Our guests discuss strategies to use going forward, share some pointers on how to make the best of a bad situation and tips on how to improve your resilience and manage your stress during this grueling process.
May 18, 2020
In this episode Alana Hughes, our guest host, chats to Professor Mark Engelman about his route to the Bar.
Mark specialises in Intellectual Property Law and has worked with some impressive clients and is renowned for his legal knowledge in this area.
His career did not, however, start in law. Mark studied Pharmacology at University and began his career as a Lab Technician at a NHS Hospital in London.
Tune in to hear his interesting journey, and how IP barristers have the upper hand on paperless practice!
April 27, 2020
It is with a heavy heart that Gray's Inn will shortly be saying farewell to Director of Education, Quinn Clarke. We decided to get Alana Hughes to chat with Quinn about her time at the Inn (16 years!), the changes she has seen and her plans for the future (although some what in the air with the current situation!).
Tune in and find out what Quinn had to say.