A FORMER Priestley student has spoken of his pride and joy at being called to the Bar.
Philip Ushieagu, who studied Law, Psychology and Economics at Priestley, has secured a contract with LPC Law in London to provide advocacy services in court.
“I felt proud and realised what the mind conceives it can achieve. I also saw the sheer pride and happiness on my dad’s face, he was enjoying both the occasion and champagne,” he said.
“My mum, dad, wife, and son were present at the call, and this gave me joy to share my successes with them. We took many pictures and enjoyed the occasion in London.”
During his time at Priestley College, Philip took part in a mock trial competition – as a barrister – and this was the moment he decided his future was in courtroom advocacy.
After college he attended the University of Liverpool and then worked as a paralegal, starting the Legal Practice Course at BPP in Liverpool.
During the pandemic he started the Bar course part-time at the University of Law in Leeds and began work at a law firm in Sheffield as a paralegal. Philip asked if he could conduct advocacy on the firm’s behalf and began to make a name for himself.
“After a series of good results in court, I was offered a new contract as an advocate,” said the former Penketh High and St Gregory’s Catholic School pupil.
Philip now works under the instructions and supervision of two law firms, one based in Sheffield and the other in London.
It means he experiences a diverse range of work including small claims, bankruptcy, landlord and tenant, dispute resolution hearings, and mortgage possessions.
His next goal is to secure pupillage which is the final part of his qualification and he is already considering completing the New York Bar or a PhD in Law.
For anyone wanting to follow in his footsteps, Philip said: “Be prepared to work hard and create your luck. Remember, if something does not work the first time keep trying until you are pleasantly surprised.