Oliver Persey

I have always been “out” at the Bar.

As a student, I competed in a US mooting competition dedicated to LGBT+ law issues, with mostly queer participants and judges. Afterwards, I set up LSE’s national LGBT+ law moot. I’m proud that it is a forum for queers and allies to learn more about LGBT rights and show that the Bar is a welcoming place for queers.

I became a public lawyer to address inequality. Being queer informs my practice and has given me some insight into how the law reinforces oppression. However, I’m conscious that I have many privileges and I am trying to understand more about how the law drives inequality.

I doubt that I would be a barrister without the help of queer barristers. I continue to benefit from their mentorship and try to pay that kindness forward to queer aspiring and junior barristers.