Barristers Visit at St Joseph’s

27th May 2022

Mr. Mather and the Law Department were privileged to welcome barristers, and former students, Bede Porter and Patience Abladey into school to talk to the Year 12 Law students about becoming a barrister.

Bede left St Joseph’s in 2011 and is in the middle of his pupillage based at Crown Chambers in Hull. Since he left us, he has completed a History degree and all his training to become a barrister before embarking on his current role.

Patience left St Joseph’s in 2012 and works as a barrister out of Trinity Chambers in Newcastle upon Tyne. Since she left us, she has completed a law degree and all her training to become a barrister before embarking on her current role.

Bede and Patience informed the students of the different ways of becoming a barrister. The journey doesn’t have to start with a law degree, any degree will show the required skills to becoming a barrister along with a law conversion course. They explained the different ways that students can fund their education and training including scholarships and student loans. Finances should not be a barrier to any of our students becoming a barrister due to the number of opportunities available for various types of funding.

Bede explained that pupillages are difficult to come by but that is not a reason to not pursue the career. Patience told us that being a barrister is a calling and becomes a lifestyle, not a just a job.

Students then asked some probing questions about Bede and Patience’s careers and about how Chambers work.

Mr. Mather and the Law students wish to say a big thank you to Bede and Patience for giving up their time to talk to us in such an interesting and informative way. I am extremely proud of them both and it is worth remembering that any of our students can follow in their footsteps too!