You’ve made it to the Bar – spread your wings, trust in your abilities and be your authentic self; candid advice on how to beat imposter syndrome and enrich life and practice.

Alexandra Wilson shares her experiences with Counsel Magazine of imposter syndrome whilst being at the Bar and how they try to overcome it. 

"Born in East London and raised in Essex, I am of mixed-race heritage; black Caribbean and white English. My paternal grandparents were part of the Windrush generation and worked incredibly hard to build a life in the UK. I attended local state schools and was encouraged by my family to aim high. However, I was discouraged from applying to Oxbridge by teachers who thought that it wasn’t for ‘people like me’. I persevered and was accepted to study Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Oxford.

I loved the intellectual stimulation at Oxford, but found the environment difficult. I struggled with imposter syndrome; the feeling that I didn’t belong. In my year group (of over 100 students) I was the only one of black heritage, and none came from Essex...."

This is an extract from Alexandra Wilson's article from Counsel, May 2019 edition, click here to read the article in full on Counsel Magazine's website.

Alexandra Wilson is a barrister specialising in criminal and family law.