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"It was a period of overt discrimination and hostility, so people didn’t feel able to come out - especially in a conservative profession like the law. " A raw and honest look into being an out solicitor in the midst of the AIDS pandemic by David Isaac
David Isaac, Partner at Pinsent Masons
"Never feel as though you need to be a version of yourself to further your career. As a legal professional who you are is so important to what you bring to a workplace or a client. " A candid and refreshing take on being an LGBTQ+ barrister from Amber Marie Hobson
Amber Marie Hobson, Barrister at Wilberforce Chambers
"Don’t let discrimination go unchallenged including where it affects others around you but not yourself." A fascinating and distinctive perspective on being an LGBTQIA+ judge at the High Court from Master Victoria McCloud.
Master Victoria McCloud, Queens Bench Master
"You have to ask yourself where you want to end up and I think that there's nothing wrong starting early with having standards for yourself, not willing to compromise your integrity and who you are just to get an offer from somewhere that wouldn't want you for who you are anyway." A motivational and refreshing take on the legal industry from Robert.
Robert Povall, Barrister at Exchange Chambers
"Bring your whole self to work. It’s perhaps a cliché statement but it’s important to always remain true to yourself. You spend more at time at work then you do with your family and friends so it's very important to just be yourself at work." A thoughtful insight into how the solicitor profession can become more inclusive from Eraldo d'Atri.
Eraldo d'Atri , Senior Associate at Clifford Chance
"I have always sought to be myself and bring each part of me to everything I do. Our background can be a source of great strength"
An astute and honest look at the intersection of other identities with being LGBTQIA+ from Mohsin Zaidi.
Mohsin Zaidi, Barrister at the Kings Bench Walk College Hill
"It's really important to be out for other people as well because when you're out, then people can aspire to be in your position people know that they don't have to be afraid. " A fascinating insight into the world of legal academia and the possibilities of expanding LGBTQIA+ inclusion from Dr. Haim Abraham.
Dr. Haim Abraham, Professor of Law at the University of Essex
"There is no point in going into this profession and working so hard if you have to leave yourself at the door". An honest and candid interview with Ciara.
Ciara Bartlam, Barrister at Garden Court North Chambers
"Be active, politically. Speak, organise events in your own spaces. Be active, not just for yourself, but for the wider community." An insight into being a LGBTQIA+ academic in law from Dr Reuven Ziegler
Dr. Reuven (Ruvi) Ziegler, Associate Professor at the University of Reading
"I think we often do still stereotype people or look at them through a bad lens, when we should really look at them through a kind lens, and then that, in turn, creates a nice situation." A refreshing and honest take on being a LGBTQIA+ barrister from Barry Harwood.
Barry Harwood, Barrister at Harwood Law
"For some people living a really open gay life, being visibly different, is just more important than it is for others. It was for me. If I had gone into another part of the legal profession, I would have had to edit myself in some ways." A candid and unique perspective on being out in legal academia from Professor Daniel Monk.
Professor Daniel Monk, Professor of Law at Birkbeck, University of London
"There is a growing network of support within the legal profession and in our community. Use it. If your chambers don’t have an LGBTQ+ group, then help set one up to use the support that's out there." An inspiring interview with Amanda Hart from Doughty Street Chambers.