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Nicholas De Lacy-Brown, booted off TV show The Apprentice last week, says Sugar was sweeter.
Aspiring barrister Nicholas De Lacy-Brown, the first contestant to be booted off the new series of The Apprentice last night (26 March), said securing a pupillage was much tougher than landing a place on the hit TV show.
Despite his brush with fame the self-labelled toff is still planning to start his pupillage with Crown Office Chambers in October, he told The Lawyer’s student website Lawyer2B.com that the three rounds of interviews he had with the civil set were much more gruelling than his audition for The Apprentice.
Anyone can blow their own trumpets listen to me now, jokes De Lacy-Brown, adding that bagging a pupillage was the proudest moment of his life.
De Lacy-Brown graduated from Kings College London with a first class honours degree in law. He then completed a Masters in medical law and ethics before embarking on the Bar Vocational Course at BPP Law Schools Holborn branch. But despite his outstanding academic achievements (his only academic failing is that he has one B grade at GCSE) De Lacy-Brown admitted that he struggled to get his first break into the legal profession. I had 18 pupillage interviews and didnt manage to get one job. I found that incredibly frustrating and decided I needed a change of direction. Thats why I decided to apply to The Apprentice, explained De Lacy-Brown.
He added that he was at a loss as to why he kept being rejected though he does believe the bar selection process is still heavily biased towards Oxbridge graduates.
De Lacy-Brown secured his pupillage at Crown Office Chambers shortly after filming on The Apprentice finished. However, he was not allowed to disclose to his future employer his forthcoming television appearance, as he was bound by a confidentiality agreement.
The future barrister, whose other passion is art, said he describes himself as a lawyer first, an artist second and an entrepreneur last. Law is in my blood. My father is a lawyer, and my sister works with him, so I always imagined myself as a barrister. I guess its also because Im a bit of an actor, he enthused.
If I pursued art as a career Id be on my own all the time and that would make me mad. Also, the problem with saying youre an artist is that anyone can be an artist these days. Its been degraded by the frivolous attitudes we now take towards modern art.
De Lacy-Brown said his brief stint on The Apprentice has been life-changing but hopes his fame will not last long. I cant cope with this much activity on my mobile phone, he joked.
He also insisted that his appearance on the BBC One show has not been detrimental to his career as a lawyer. Selling fish and confronting Sir Alan in the boardroom have b***** all to do with being a lawyer. People would be ridiculous to compare the two with each other, claimed De Lacy-Brown.