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Published: 08 November 2013

Is there life at the bar?

School of Law hosts talk by Dame Linda Dobbs about her experiences at the bar and the choice between being a solicitor or a barrister.

Retired High Court Judge and University of Surrey alumnus Dame Linda Dobbs DBE spoke to alumni, staff, students and members of the public at a free event on Tuesday 5 November in the Rik Medlik Building.

Offering an overview of the changing nature of the barrister’s role over the course of her career, Dame Linda’s talk 'Is there life at the bar?' provided an insight into how students need to adapt to the changing employment market within the legal profession.

This was followed by a drinks reception in which students and staff had the opportunity to speak directly with Dame Linda and draw on her wealth of experience at the bar.

The Hon. Dame Linda Dobbs DBE was called to the Bar at Gray’s Inn in 1981 and was appointed a QC in 1998. Dame Linda became a Bencher of Gray’s Inn in 2002 and was appointed a Deputy Judge of the High Court in 2003-04 and a judge of the High Court (Queen’s Bench Division) in 2004, before retiring in April 2013. Dame Linda studied Russian and Law at the University of Surrey, graduating in 1976.

For more information on similar future events, please visit the School of Law website.

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