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I am an future pupil barrister at 39 Essex Chambers. I have particular interests in discrimination, disability law, mental health law, LGBTQ rights, administrative law and UK, supranational and international human rights law, sharing media to distress, access to justice and the European Union. I actively support maintaining and the progression of equality and human rights law.
My journey to a career as a barrister started at the age of 14 and was built upon a strong desire to help others achieve justice and find entitlement or redress in the complexities and technicalities of the law.
I particularly support pro bono legal advice because it helps the vulnerable who cannot afford a lawyer. A lawyer’s understanding of the law can make the difference allowing such individuals to escape complicated and difficult situations to continue with their lives. I have volunteered with Queen Mary University of London
The road to completing an LL.B Law degree, master's degrees in Human Rights Law and Bar Professional Training and the Bar Professional Training Course was not an easy one to navigate. The academic demand of these courses are significant, but managing my impairment and overcoming societal barriers, discrimination and prejudice added to the challenges involved. I was also told that I would not succeed in building a legal career because of my impairments and special needs education. I now enjoy a successful career having been accepted in the best colleges in the North-West, attained strong grades and the Student of the Year for each year I was a college and had a good university experience. I undertook several campaigns to improve equality, diversity and accessibility at Queen Mary University of London, where I got my degrees. One led to an equality and diversity policy being enacted. Another was awarded as ‘Campaign of the Year 2013’ after leading to £400k being dedicated to improving accessibility on campus. I have also led teams that have published guidance on discrimination rights.
I enjoy working with non-governmental organisations to contribute to the social good. NGOs campaign on important issues whether it be animal rights, human rights, environmental protection, access to justice and so on. Working for NGOs provides the opportunity to push for change. I am currently the Founding Chair of the Association of Disabled Lawyers. The Association exists to create a community and network for disabled lawyers. We want to make it known that you can practice law and be a disabled person. There are many obstacles that make entering the legal professions and maintaining a career difficult. We are a platform for sharing ideas for positive change. We also campaign for such changes to be put in place to give disabled lawyers and students more support in their careers and to remove unnecessary obstacles that make the professions inaccessible to disabled people. We share these ideas with other organisations that want to support us. We, as disabled people, also promote the rights of all disabled people. We have events that highlights issues relating to disability law and how the rights of disabled people can protected and strengthened.
I previously worked with Disability Rights UK ('DR UK') as trustee and Chair of the Income Generation Committee. DR UK works with its members to influence national policy on independent living, benefits, education, employment, transport, human rights and other issues and shape such policies through direct experience and expertise. We also work with our local individual and organisation members to empower and to influence local policy and services. I have also been responsible for policy, procedures and youth groups as part of my trusteeship with Regard. I wrote and maintained the charity's policies and liaise with youth groups to provide knowledge, support and expertise. Regard is a national organisation of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender and queer people ("LGBTQ") who self-identify as disabled. It aims to provide information, advice and support to LGBTQ disabled people, raise awareness and campaign on issues affecting disabled LGBTQ people and to combat social isolation among LGBTQ disabled people.
I act and model with VisAble. I have had opportunities with international companies such as Invacare and national organisations like the National Union of Students.
I have made good friends and enjoyed the full support of my family on this path for which I am grateful.
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