Aberdeen students visit Gray’s Inn

Aberdeen students visit Gray's Inn

Students from the University of Aberdeen paid a trip to legal London recently to learn about life at the English bar.

The University of Aberdeen Bar Society held a lunch and tour at Gray’s Inn – and even met Lady Hale.

Melina Otifeh, founder and president of the University of Aberdeen Bar Society, said: “I was thrilled to organise such an incredible opportunity for Scottish students. It is a privilege to say that I managed to persuade the first female president of the UK Supreme Court to meet with us. Lady Hale is a legal icon and has consistently broken barriers for women in law. The advice she provided was invaluable. It was an honour to meet her Ladyship, and certainly a once-in-a-lifetime experience I shall never forget. I would also like to thank Grays Inn staff and members for making us all feel welcome.”

Vice president Daniel Cotton said: “First of all, I would like to thank Gray’s Inn for organising such an informative day, and Baroness Hale for attending. The event gave valuable insight into life at the bar, and invaluable advice about a successful career.”

Anelka Karunaratne, a member of the bar society, commented: “Having the opportunity to meet and speak with Lady Hale was such a surreal moment, she is a wonderful example of how determination can take you anywhere. The tour and lunch at Gray’s Inn were also a wonderful experience, we got great insight into how this inn works and what makes it different to the rest. We also got lots of valuable advice for our journey to the bar. Huge thank you to the University of Aberdeen Bar Society, and huge commendation to Melina Otifeh, without whom we would not have had this opportunity.”

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