Raising the Bar
Are you worthy of pursuing the Bar?

Are you worthy of pursuing the Bar?

February 22, 2021

In this episode Nia Marshall chats to Mareen Mahmood and Feleena Grosvenor. Both students come from a "non-traditional" background, have experienced challenges with their A-levels or schooling, suffer periodically from "imposter syndrome" and wouldn't describe themselves as the "typical" law student candidate. 

Despite this both Mareen and Feleena were awarded scholarships from Gray's Inn and are successfully pursuing a career at the Bar. Their message is loud and clear - ANYONE can pursue a career at the Bar.

Tune in to hear more about their journey to the Bar and how they have overcome any hurdles along the way.

Up close and personal with AGIS President Nicholas Leah

Up close and personal with AGIS President Nicholas Leah

February 8, 2021

Everything you wanted to know and more about the 2020/1 AGIS President. In this episode Nia chats to fellow AGIS Committee member and President about Gray's Inn, the law, Covid, his role as AGIS president and more.

Parenting and Caring responsibilites and the Bar/Joining the Bar as a 2nd career

Parenting and Caring responsibilites and the Bar/Joining the Bar as a 2nd career

January 25, 2021

Wondering how to balance parenting or caring responsibilities while at the Bar or considering going to the Bar late in life as a second career? If you are considering a change in career and have parenting or caring responsibilities this is an episode for you.

Mary Prior QC speaks to Meredoc McGinn, Georgina Barney and Charlotte Bull about their decision to join the Bar, how to navigated the difficult route to pupillage and then on to tenancy whilst juggling parenting responsibilities.  

Who is the Master of Students st Gray’s Inn

Who is the Master of Students st Gray’s Inn

January 11, 2021

Who is the Master of Students? 

Elena speaks to the Hon. Mr Justice Fordham about his path to the Bar, what spurred him on to pursue the Bar and his experience as a student himself and the help he received from members of the Inn. Mr Justice Fordham also shares his thoughts on the Inn and the and the circle of membership.

Tune in to hear this and more, as well as a few tips for students studying for the Bar during these strange times. 

Meet the Barrister: Sarah Gerrard

Meet the Barrister: Sarah Gerrard

December 14, 2020

Have you ever considered being a Barrister and working in the Army? Do you know what it is like to be an employed rather than self employed Barrister? How does being a self employed Barrister differ?

Tune in as Alana find out this and more in her chat with Captain Sarah Gerrard about her path to the Bar and life as a Barrister in the armed forces.

Neurodiversity at the Bar

Neurodiversity at the Bar

December 1, 2020

In this episode our new AGIS Publicity Officer and podcast host, Nia Marshall, speaks to Oliver May and Jack Boswell about their new initiative – Neurodiversity in Law.

It seems that around 15% of society have some form of hidden attribute under the umbrella of neurodivergence. Nia finds out more about what it means, how to manage it and how the new group can assist.

For more information have a look at their website www.neurodiversityinlaw

 

Undertaking Pupillage and Tenancy during Covid-19

Undertaking Pupillage and Tenancy during Covid-19

November 16, 2020

2020 has not turned out to be the glowing start to a new decade that we had hoped, and for those starting pupillage or becoming a junior tenant it has been a very different experience from the one their colleagues and mentors have experienced. So just exactly what has it been like? Alana chats to Joe Tarbert and Fazeela Ishmael about their experiences of 2nd sixth and starting tenancy during Covid-19.

Meet a Naval Barrister: John-Paul Fitzgibbon

Meet a Naval Barrister: John-Paul Fitzgibbon

November 2, 2020

Do you love the law and the sea, or more specifically, the Navy, and wondered how you could combine the two? What does a Military Law Barrister do and how does one become one?

In this episode Alana speaks to John-Paul Fitzgibbon who spent 13 years in the navy as a Warfare Officer, navigated ships in the Carribean and more about his career in the Navy and how he came to The Bar while in the Navy.

Tune in to hear about a very different path to The Bar.

Everything you need to know about Scholarships at Gray’s Inn

Everything you need to know about Scholarships at Gray’s Inn

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

Meet the Barrister: Mary Prior QC

Meet the Barrister: Mary Prior QC

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.

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