Leicester Law School graduate establishes award to boost diversity at the Bar

The 'Jeffers – Nunn Award' will provide financial support and guidance to students from groups that are under-represented as Barristers.
Leicester Law School graduate establishes award to boost diversity at the Bar

Oliver Nunn

Jamal Jeffers and Oliver Nunn have personally established the ‘Jeffers – Nunn Award’ in the hope of increasing diversity at the Bar of England & Wales. It will be awarded annually on academic merit to a Law Student entering their second year of a Law Degree at Leicester School. The student will have aspirations of practising as a Barrister and be from a demographic group that is under-represented at the Bar, assessed on socio-economic background, ethnicity and other ‘Widening Participation’ grounds.

A financial award of £640, roughly equivalent to two academic years’ worth of textbooks, will help the recipient with the cost of their studies. Recipients of the Award will be offered mentorship by Jamal & Oliver, to help in their pursuit of a career at the Bar.

Professor Sally Kyd, Head of Leicester Law School said, “I’m delighted that the Jeffers – Nunn Award is available to support our students in becoming Citizens of Change. We need to see a change at the Bar with greater diversity to reflect society. We have a wonderfully diverse student body and this Award will help us to support students who have aspirations of pursuing a career at the Bar. I’m particularly grateful not only for the financial support on offer, but also the mentorship from two highly successful barristers who will no doubt have a hugely positive impact on any undergraduate they take under their wings.”

Jamal & Oliver are practising Barristers at KCH Garden Square Barristers of Leicester & Nottingham. They regularly appear in the Courts of Leicester and more widely on the Midland Circuit.

Oliver is a graduate of Leicester Law School where he also teaches Undergraduate Law as a Teaching Fellow. He serves on KCH Garden Square’s Pupillage Committee, is a qualified Pupil Supervisor and is Public Access qualified. Oliver is a practising Civil Barrister specialising in both Commercial and Landlord & Tenant litigation. His extensive work with local authorities and social landlords also includes pursuing injunctions to prevent anti-social behaviour, protect vulnerable complainants and disrupt organised crime.

Oliver said, “Jamal and I both studied Law in Leicester and have enjoyed maintaining our links with the city’s legal education community through our support of both Leicester and DeMontfort Law Schools’ extra-curricular programmes.

The two of us share a passion for the profession we are so privileged to be a part of and for supporting the next generation of our ‘learned friends’. Although the Bar has made progress in recent years in boosting diversity in its ranks, there is still much to be done.

It is important for the Bar to reflect the society it serves. I hope that with this modest initiative, Jamal and I can help students from under-represented groups fulfil their aspirations of qualifying as a Barrister to both their benefit and to that of society at large.

Jamal is a graduate of DeMontfort Law School, serves on KCH Garden Square’s Equality & Diversity Committee, the Midland Circuit Social Mobility Committee, is Public Access qualified and is involved in several initiatives to improve diversity in the legal professions. Jamal is a practising Family Barrister, specialising in Private and Public Law Children matters. Jamal is regularly instructed in matters concerning the welfare of children, including cases of violence and sexual abuse.

The Jeffers – Nunn Award will be first granted to a Leicester Law School student in the 2021 academic year.

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