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Perhaps surprisingly given her position as the head of the Young Barristers’ Committee, Nicola Howard says she had never considered a career in law as a student. “At that stage I didn’t even know you could be a lawyer if you hadn’t done law at university,” she says. “And from my family background, I didn’t even think I could afford to train as a lawyer.” For those considering a career in the rarefied environment of the Bar, such uncertainty is hardly unusual.

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