Barrister at 22 Called to the Bar

22-year-old Zoe Dawson of Oxford Road, Birkdale, was called to the Bar this week. Zoe signed the role on the large oak table (called the Cup Board) of the 1572 hall of the Middle Temple, London, which is made from a hatch cover of Sir Francis Drake’s flagship The Golden Hind.

Former Farnborough Road School and Formby High School pupil Zoe won a Queen Elizabeth Queen Mother scholarship to the Bar Practice Training School following a first class honours degree in law from Manchester University. Zoe was the only student ever permitted to study Law at Manchester on the basis of a Fine Art A level. Her final Bar degree award was marked ‘outstanding’ and she achieved the highest mark in her year for the study of Criminal Law. Zoe has now commenced work as a pupil barrister at College Chambers, Southampton.

Proud parents Chrissy Dawson and Councillor Tony Dawson attended the degree award ceremony where Zoe was one of 72 barristers in the Michaelmas Call at the Middle Temple. They are pictured with their daughter behind the historic Cup Baord.

Middle Temple Hall survived the WW2 blitz intact although most neighbouring buildings were badly damaged.  William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night received its first recorded performance here, at the feast Candlemas in 1602.


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