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Keith Webster

"The course enabled me to build upon my experience as an employment and discrimination lawyer and that specialism has now become the mainstay of my practice."

Keith Webster is a barrister practising in employment and discrimination law, commercial law and criminal law. He came to the law as a second career having worked in advertising for Saatchi and Saatchi, as a founding partner in another advertising agency and then as a director of several publishing, catalogue and on-line businesses.

What attracted you to choose Surrey and to study your course here?

My name is Keith Webster. I am a barrister practising in employment and discrimination law, commercial law and criminal law.

I came to the law as a second career having worked in advertising for Saatchi & Saatchi, as a founding partner in another advertising agency and then as a director of several publishing, catalogue and on-line businesses. I took the distance learning LLM in Employment Law. 

Quite simply Surrey was the most prestigious university offering that type of course. Someone told me about the course while we were chatting in the robing room at Reading Crown Court. He never got around to enrolling; I am very pleased that I did.

What is your strongest memory of your time at Surrey – what do you picture first when you think of being here?

My strongest memory is of the residential weekends which were all held at Barnett Hill, a wonderful old country house hotel near Guildford. We were an extremely sociable cohort. Despite having to cover a huge volume of taught material and preparatory work we always managed a couple of excellent dinners and late nights.

What is the one thing you would say about Surrey (or your course) to someone who doesn’t know anything about it?

The course was a fantastic way of expanding my knowledge of employment and discrimination law over two years, following my research interests and sorting out my CPD requirements, all at the same time.

How did you change as a person during your time as a Surrey postgraduate, and how has your time here influenced your life and career since then?

The course enabled me to build upon my experience as an employment and discrimination lawyer and that specialism has now become the mainstay of my practice.

What has been your career highlight to date?

My legal career highlight was being offered tenancy at one of the leading common law sets in the Inner Temple. I get another one every time I win a case – there really is no feeling quite like it.

What are your top tips for students aspiring to work in your profession?

Get a first or a distinction. Intellectual snobbery is alive and well at the Bar.

 

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