Law students take part in a legal talent competition in a Dragons' Den-style pitch
Monday, 08 January 2018
Two Brookes Law students attended the final of a legal talent competition to present their ideas in a Dragons’ Den-style pitch.
LegalTalent challenged all participants to present an answer to the following question:
How can the legal profession change to better manage generational differences, inclusivity and diversity for future business success?
The Brookes team: Kriss Sprules and Amirul Anas Abdul Aziz (Nas) were up against fourteen other teams from universities, law schools, and law firms across the UK. The winning team received a £5000 cash prize and a chance to share their ideas with the wider legal profession in a number of publications.
Kriss and Nas’ idea was to provide a binary solution to promoting the inclusion of the non-binary gender community within the legal profession and wider business community. Their pitch revolved around encouraging change in the legal system and in the corporate sector by including non-binary gender people in society as a whole, focussing on both the legal profession and the wider business world. They put forward the idea of top-down training for people employed in major corporations on what non-binary genders are, and how to integrate them into the workforce without discrimination.
The Brookes team commented: “the challenges facing the legal profession are manifold. As a whole, the entire profession is woefully unrepresentative of modern Britain - there aren't enough minorities, women, or LGBT+ individuals practising law compared to the proportional representation of these groups in society as a whole.”
”Those that are working in the industry are still marginalised to an extent. The legal profession is slowly evolving to become more diverse and inclusive. There are currently more female, black, and gay judges compared to a decade ago, but we believe that this change needs to happen sooner rather than later. The path the legal system is going through today will change the way we will live tomorrow.”
For Kriss, it’s an issue close to his heart. He’s a first-year mature student here at Brookes, and a local Oxford boy. His background isn’t that of a typical lawyer; he’s been a professional wrestler, a stand-up comedian, a screenwriter and a barman, but it’s his family that seem to play a large part in his reasons for entering the competition. “I chose to enter the competition because I want to make things better in the job market for my trans brother.”
Nas’ reason for entering is to end legislative discrimination in the business world. he believes that “businesses can impact social change as much as legislation. Positive change can be expedited if businesses were to take the proactive step to create sustainable work environment and practices.”
Unfortunately the Brookes team did not win, according to the judges they were “right in the mix until the very end”. Nas and Kriss said the general experience “was incredible. We also got the opportunity to meet and network with some really important people; journalists, legal tech providers and top lawyers”.
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