Dr Faiza Javad founded Aspiring Barristers with a vision that "talent does not have a colour, religion, gender, social status or age". At the start of her legal journey, Faiza faced countless hurdles which compelled her to build an organisation, Aspiring Barristers, to make the Bar more accessible and approachable.
Through Aspiring Barristers, Faiza aims to provide a much-needed support and guidance system to young aspiring barristers that are gifted with the potential to achieve their dreams, but lack the financial and social privileges that can otherwise make the Bar inaccessible.
Faiza comes from a STEM background, having completed a Masters and a PhD in Neuroscience at University College London (UCL). She has since undertaken the Bar Professional Training Course at City University.
Outside of Law, Faiza enjoys playing basketball, badminton and mountain hiking as well as writing poetry and painting.
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Co-Founder and Executive Director
Alice co-founded Aspiring Barristers as she is a strong believer that the Bar should be a serious option open for all talented individuals, irrespective of personal characteristics, background or means. Alice was motivated to co-found Aspiring Barristers as she appreciates the importance of social mobility initiatives to support students who, like herself, may not otherwise be or feel that they are in a position to pursue this particular career path in the same way as their more privileged counterparts. It is through Aspiring Barristers' focus on accessibility, openness and diversity at the Bar that Alice remains committed to continue with its further development and expansion to ensure as many students requiring such support, are reached.
Having secured a First-Class Honours degree in Law, Alice proceeded to complete the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC). She has also completed further study at the University of Oxford having been awarded the Kalisher Trust-Wadham Student Scholarship, studying for the MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice.
Alice’s career ambition is to practise at the Criminal Bar. Alongside criminal practise however, she hopes to use the insight gained from studying Criminal Justice beyond academia and use her knowledge to influence necessary policy change more widely as appropriate; notably, the injustice surrounding wrongful convictions and criminal trial disclosure failings.
Outside of Law, Alice enjoys playing the Piano and Street Dancing competitively.
Jackie wanted to join Aspiring Barristers because she believes the Bar vitally needs better diversification to reflect the society that is serves. She believes Aspiring Barristers as an access organisation not only provides vital support and assistance to those aspiring to enter into the profession, but has done so in such a way which keeps its ethos of ‘accessibility, inclusivity and diversity' at the forefront of its various initiatives; an ethos which aligns with Jackie’s belief that more proactive steps need to be taken to improve diversity at the Bar.
Jackie is a LLB Law graduate from the University of Lincoln which included a year abroad studying for a Masters course in International Criminal Law and Philosophy of Law at Radboud University, The Netherlands. She has recently completed the BVS LLM course at City, University of London with specialisms in Family Law and Criminal Advocacy. Jackie’s ultimate ambition is to work as a Family and Criminal Law Barrister, advocating in particular for those affected by Domestic Violence, Forced Marriages and FGM.
Outside of Law, Jackie enjoys cooking traditional dishes from Latin America to keep in touch with her Peruvian heritage.
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Zahra has a degree in European Law (Law with French Law) from the University of Warwick and a LLM from the University of Paris II. She has completed the Bar Professional Training Course and was called to the Bar in October 2021. Zahra currently works in a public and immigration law firm, assisting vulnerable clients including asylum seeking minors and victims of domestic violence.
Zahra joined Aspiring Barristers as Mini-Pupillage Coordinator as she would like to enable those from all backgrounds with limited understanding of the profession to gain experience and make an informed decision about whether they wish to pursue a career at the Bar. She also believes that the Bar should be as diverse as the society it represents, and further action is required to empower those from underrepresented groups to join the profession.
Outside of Law, Zahra enjoys singing opera and travel.
If you are a set of Chambers or an organisation that employs barristers and would be interested in facilitating Mini-Pupillages as part of Aspiring Barristers' programme, please email Zahra at email@example.com.
After completing most of her schooling in Bangalore India, Neha graduated in 2022 from Durham University with BA (Hons) in English Literature. She is currently in her first year of her LLB (graduate) programme at the University of Leeds.
Ever since beginning her journey as an aspiring student barrister, Neha has followed and attended events organised and hosted by Aspiring Barristers. She was therefore excited to join the Aspiring Barristers Committee as Seminar Series Coordinator in January 2023; “it was inspiring to see an organisation conduct a multitude of events for aspiring barristers like myself, especially those who pursued non-law pathways into Law”. As Seminar Series Coordinator, Neha plans, organises and host events on topics of relevance and interest to aspiring student barristers from underrepresented groups within the profession with the aim of supporting and encouraging pursuit towards a career at the Bar.
Outside of Law, Neha enjoys creative writing, reading contemporary literature, and playing cricket. She also enjoys exploring different music genres and engaging with amateur photography.
If you are a practitioner who would like to volunteer as a guest speaker at a future Aspiring Barristers Seminar Series event, please email Neha at firstname.lastname@example.org expressing your interest.
Neha is also Aspiring Barristers' University Ambassadors Coordinator, supporting all Aspiring Barristers student Ambassadors across the country. Please see the University Ambassador Programme tile for further information about this particular initiative.
Seminar Series Coordinator & University Ambassadors Coordinator