"Robert was a hugely entertaining and engaging guest, and also a thought-provoking one."
Barrister and television personality Robert “Judge” Rinder is the star of the latest Women in the Law UK “Talking Law” podcast. The recording is now live on Apple, Spotify and the organisation’s website, www.womeninthelawuk.com.
In a wide-ranging interview Mr Rinder tells Sally Penni, founder of Women in the Law UK, about his early life, the journey that took him from the National Youth Theatre into the law, and how he made the leap from successful criminal defence barrister to TV personality. Recorded before his grandfather tragically passed away as a result of Covid-19, he also talks about the importance of his family history in shaping his commitment to the law.
As well as sharing anecdotes from his life and career Mr Rinder talks about his dismay at the rolling back of Legal Aid and its effect on access to justice. He also discusses social mobility and challenges faced by aspiring lawyers from non-traditional backgrounds.
Sally Penni, founder of Women in the Law UK and herself an award-winning barrister, said, “Robert was a hugely entertaining and engaging guest, and also a thought-provoking one. Listeners will love his many hilarious anecdotes and, I believe, also be inspired by his candour.
“One of the topics we talked about in some depth was social mobility, which has arguably got worse over the past two decades, at least in terms of the legal profession. This is an issue that Women in the Law UK is working hard to highlight and address, and it was really interesting to hear Robert’s take on the subject.”
Listeners can subscribe to the Talking Law series, which is available from Apple and Spotify, at www.womeninthelawuk.com/podcasts or stream it direct from the Women in the Law UK website. It is the brainchild of host Sally Penni, who practises out of Kenworthy’s Chambers in Manchester and is vice chair of the Association of Women Barristers, and produced by the BBC Radio5Live presenter Sam Walker.
The next episode in the series will feature the legendary legal author and blogger The Secret Barrister.
In addition to the Talking Law podcast Women in the Law UK in normal times hosts events around the country featuring inspiring speakers and career development insights. For the duration of social distancing restrictions, however, it has replaced its face-to-face meeting with a programme of four webinars per week.
Women in the Law UK’s events are held under the Chatham House Rule, enabling speakers and audience members to speak freely and learn from each-other’s experiences in a confidential environment. Previous events have covered subjects including career progression, why lawyers need to sit on boards, how to network and make it work for you, and what lawyers can learn from inspiring businesswomen.
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