This is the first of three episodes in the Criminal Justice Matters series in which we hear from some of the stars and trailblazers who have come from a diverse range of backgrounds to achieve successful careers as criminal barristers.
In this first part, Jeremy Dein KC, the former joint head of 25 Bedford Row Chambers in London. Jeremy talks about his childhood in a working class family in the East End of London and how he had to overcome a sense of imposter syndrome before he could establish his successful career with colleagues.
Jeremy also describes his pride and professional satisfaction winning a successful case against the News of the World newspaper on behalf of his client the former NDubz singer Tulisa Contostavlos.
We also hear from Nina Grahame KC of Garden Court North Chambers in Manchester. Nina describes how she took an unconventional route to the Bar after a working for many years in fringe theatre.
Nina describes the challenges of studying to become a criminal barrister as a mature student and her pride in taking on work which can have life changing benefits for her clients.