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Daniel Holt is an inspirational law graduate from Queen Mary University, London. Coming from a working class background outside Manchester, he has decided to try to tackle the perceived barriers of class by seeking a career at the Bar, which, as he points out on the BBC news is disproportionately populated by Oxbridge graduates . However, his attempt to break down the barriers goes so much further than just class. Daniel Holt also has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair. Daniel describes the challenges that face him, which range from getting into a building to encountering the prejudice of people that claim that he will not be understood. I challenge anyone who watches this video to claim that they have not understood Daniel Holt. He is ambitious and tenacious and in his words “won’t be put off”.
Daniel’s speech impediment is not so severe that he can’t be understood and he is right to demand that the Bar should represent everyone in society. It would be inconceivable to suggest to a barrister with a strong regional accent that they might not be understood. It should be equally inconceivable to suggest this to someone with cerebral palsy whose speech simply requires a degree of concentration for the listener. I would argue that is a good quality in an advocate, it encourages proper listening.
At Kingsley Napley we have extensive experience of acting for people with cerebral palsy and we recognise the challenges that Daniel Holt is facing. Our work is aimed at using the law to enable our clients to maximise their potential and achieve their ambitions.
For people who are dealing with the challenges of any sort of disability, Daniel Holt illustrates that if enough people “won’t be put off” society will have to change, doors will have to open (literally and metaphorically) and the whole of society will benefit from harnessing that admirable drive and ambition.
If you have been affected by the issues discussed in this blog, please contact a member of our Clinical Negligence team. Alternatively, you can contact us on 020 7814 1200 or email us at email@example.com.
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