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John Cooper QC: I hate bullies, and that comes from being subjected to them

The 25 Bedford Row silk talks to John van der Luit-Drummond about elitism at the Bar, public clashes with the CBA, and the seduction of Gove

23 February 2016

'I've never told anyone this before, but in my early years at the Bar, I suffered from mockery and significant bullying, based upon my background.'

John Cooper QC is known to be as fearless an advocate outside of the courtroom as inside of it, whether that be within the professional associations of which he is a member, the pages of the press, or on that most modern of battlegrounds, social media. Called to the Bar in 1983, before taking silk in 2010, Cooper has a reputation for being forthright with his views. Yet with this startling frank admission, the 25 Bedford Row silk appears vulnerable for the first time since meeting him.

Astonishingly, the hounding Cooper received did not originate from fellow pupils of a higher social class but from the fully qualified members of his chambers. 'It was quite horrible,' he admits. 'I didn't make a fuss o...

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