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Inspiring young people to join the legal profession with Renaissance Foundation

On Thursday 10 June 2021, members of the Miles & Partners team will be taking part in an event hosted by Renaissance Foundation, speaking to young people about taking the route to the Bar by qualifying as a solicitor.

Renaissance Foundation supports and inspires young people aged 13 – 19 that face significant life challenges to fulfilling their unique potential.

They predominantly work with young carers who look after sick parents or siblings at home, students that have been identified by their schools as at risk and young patients who are transitioning between child and adult hospital services.

Legal assistant Emma Hughes is the Diversity and Inclusion Officer for the Middle Temple Young Barristers Association and has been involved in a Bridging the Bar’s mentoring scheme with the charity.

Speakers will include:

  • Lou Crisfield will speak about housing law and give a senior practitioner’s perspective.
  • Julie Nix will discuss public family law care proceedings, the role of Children’s Guardians and outline a senior practitioner’s role.
  • Linda Pope will speak about private family law practice and the barriers she faced when pursuing her legal career.
  • Kaileigh Hazeldine will give insight as a junior solicitor in the practice area of mental health and capacity.
  • Musonda Phiri will discuss training contracts and her journey from taking the Bar Professional Training Course to the Legal Practice Course.

As well as discussing their area of practice, our solicitors will also be talking about:

  • the difference between the role of a barrister and a solicitor;
  • any barriers they faced in pursuing a legal career;
  • how they overcame those barriers; and
  • what solicitors look for in a barrister when instructing them.

For more information, please contact Emma Hughes 020 7426 0400 or email

The contents of this article are for the purposes of general awareness only. They do not purport to constitute legal or professional advice. The law may have changed since this article was published. Readers should not act on the basis of the information included and should take appropriate professional advice upon their own particular circumstances.