Apprentice's De Lacy-Brown: Securing a pupillage was harder than confronting Sir Alan

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  • But can they change their minds?

    Even if "De Lacy-" Brown is lucky enough after this farce to retain his pupillage, will the members of his set really want to offer him a tenancy?
    The man's famous for being a pillock, after all.

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  • De Lacy-Brown

    May I point out that Mr De Lacey-brown was ousted in the first round and did not really have to experience the business world too much to suggest it is easier than securing a pupillage. I think everyone knows how hard it is to secure a graduate position in the business sector and then to move on to earn £100k. It requires a lot of hard work, perseverance and intelligence. Even in the Apprentice, which is more of a "pop idol meets business", the winner has to risk leaving his employment and family for months and pass some very innovative hurdles.

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  • De Lacy Brown

    He is qualified to comment on selection processes though, which he is.

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  • De Brown Lace

    "The man's famous for being a pillock, after all."

    I've met a few pillocks in law, mind. They're usually aspirant middle-class kids who live in Clapham with blonde identikit girlfriends called Nicola.

    Rather shocked that The Lawyer would stoop to the level of featuring De Nosy-Brown to up their unique user clicks on their website. But it's good fun kicking a dope when he's down.

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  • De Lacy Brown

    How unfortunate that at a time where the bar needs some good publicity a character like this appears. In my experience of people that have failed that many pupillage interviews, it is nothing to do with oxbridge and everything to do with being a rather odious bore with a superiority complex.
    So he should fit in rather well at the commercial bar.


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  • Mr Brown

    I think he went on the show to plug himself as an artist and personality. In most of these reality shows the public remembers the first one out and the last three. I think Mr De Lacy Brown could be parodying the British class system. He was born after all with the name Brown and added the De Lacy to make himself sound posh. We can all call him a pillock but he has shown that class is still an issue. Even so in Law were there is a bias towards Oxbridge students at the Bar. He is possibly taking the piss out of them…He did confess to being a bit of an actor and it is television and lets face it the BBC needs to pull the punters in somehow!

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  • oh dear

    I watched with disgust as this man declared to the 6.4 million people who watched the first episode that he is to be a barrister. I was, quite frankly, embarrassed to say that he is joining my profession. Maybe 200 years ago he would have fitted the stereotype but in this day and age when we are trying so hard to alter public perception in order to prevent the demise of our beloved careers, someone please tell idiots like him where to go. I hope that his set will when it comes to his tenancy application if he doesn't change drastically before then!

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  • Fishmonger

    Mr De Lacy-Brown is quite right that his inability to sell fish is no reflection on his calibre as a lawyer. However, his decision to seek a job in such a way be thought a little imprudent by some.

    I agree the wider question of whether chambers' selection committees have an Oxbridge bias is important, especially as efforts are being made to improve access to the bar. For the present, let us be thankful that Sir Alan is at hand to redress the iniquity of it all.

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  • An embarassment to the profession

    I'm an antipodean lawyer in the UK, and wasn't sure whether to laugh. cry, throw up or hand in my practising certificate after viewing this pathetic deluded creature on the Apprentice. A barrister who can only talk to educated people - my god, what do they teach at KCL!

    Personally, the best barrister I ever briefed had been a logger (i.e. lumberjack) for 20 years, and took up law after a back injury. He certainly knew his Tottenham from his Hotspur and his kilos from his pounds, and the clients LOVED him, and everyone else lived in terror (ok, his clients were more the smacked off their nuts type that would eat our beloved Nicky for breakfast before a bail app).

    But, as a state educated common-or-garden solicitor it was lovely to see the snootiest representative of the inbred so-called cream of the profession (the thick and the rich, that is) get the Sugar-sweet treatment.

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  • I'm not sure there is a massive Oxbridge bias anymore

    Securing pupillage nowadays - in my opinion - has very little to do with whether or not you have a degree from Oxbridge. Having secured pupillage in London after only my fifth interview I was very fortunate. Neither I nor the other pupil in my chambers has Oxbridge degrees but we fit in. Yes you have to be clever and chambers need to make sure you can do the work but it's also about being the sort of person that chambers can tolerate and get on with. Perhaps that's why - even with Mr Brown's outstanding academic achievements - it took him a few more attempts!

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  • Only academic failing?

    On the one episode in which he appeared, Mr. Brown said that he was 'disappointed' at getting a 'B' in one of his GCSEs. I bet he was distraught when he didn't get into Oxbridge and had to settle for Kings...

    Still, at least Crown Office Chambers don't do too much employment law else he would barely be able to spend 5 minutes in a tribunal before his opponent made some allusion to him being fired!


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  • Pompous little Pillock

    At a time when the legal profession is under assault from cheap publicity hounds who want to subject the profession to unworkable bureaucracy and unfair scrutiny of its paradigms, the sight of a pompous little pillock making a complete hash of a task that anyone with a mustard seed of common sense could have carried out with aplomb undermines the professional integrity of a profession that works hard to provide a quality service to people from all walks of life. The sad fact is that both professions are likely to be dismissed with the same cavalier badge of incompetence as this pompous little pillock deserves. What enrages me is that this stupid little pillock was quite prepared to put his entire profession at risk for cheap publicity for his art. Whoever harbours such a pillock is equally deserving of censure from the profession as a whole. Only an abject apology to both professions can justify him ever being instructed to act.

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  • Nicholas is really GREAT, shame the lower social class don't realise...

    I get really frustrated when people bad mouth Nicholas. The people in question are undoubtedly part of the lower/middle social class and are jealous of his success.

    I can relate a lot to the man - in ten years when I am 24 I also want to be a barrister, so I think that my opinions do count. In addition, I think that his name is beautiful and the jealous, chavy people want such a name. Nicholas, good luck to the future. One of my ambitions is to meet you one day.

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  • 'De Lacy' - Brown interets me, although I 'm not sure it's a good or bad thing

    His pomposity is almost cringeworthy and made for a combination of strange and shocking viewing, although I kind of like the man. His art is special, akin to Dali (as he indeed boasted on 'The Apprentice') and it is clear he does have intelligence. The way he utilises it, however, is annoying - he's not even an oxbridge graduate for instance and the way he claimed he was a barrister before he'd even secured a pupillage was frustrating. Furthermore, the show displayed negative qualities - I wouldn't want to be associated/defended by him as he's too smug and not as savvy as he makes out i.e. the lobster(s). An interesting character - one I would deem too 'stereotypical to stereotype'. I mean a self-confessed aristocrat - crown offices good luck. A clever man but certainly not so in the social/everyday sense.

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  • SHOCKING!

    I have found the issues discussed quite amusing and also disturbing and it is good to hear that there are still lawyers around that are not pompous and do live in the real world. Who was "De Lacy Brown" trying to impress. The girls and I laughed that loud that my neighbour had to bang the wall a couple of times to tell us to keep the noise down! De Lacy has a lot to learn. How can the general public relate to somebody with his characteristics. On a more serious note, I am extremely shocked at the comment BIGGEST DLB fan (Aged 14)!! with regards to class and jealously. He is certainly not the kind of person the Bar needs. He needs to rethink his career options or grow up. I dread to think who instilled those kind of attitudes into that young man's mind. I do wish De Lacy-Brown all the very best with his pupillage. He will probably reflect on how he performed on tv. He has shown great determination in getting one. Everyone needs chances in life. We all make mistakes and I for one wish him all the very best for the future.

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  • Nicholas Im Postor- Brown

    Although I have absolutely no idea what it takes to secure a pupilage, I can only imagine that it was De-Lacy Brown’s unfortunate and decidedly extreme personality that let him down. Who in their right mind would want to associate themselves with such a person?

    He sells himself as an accomplished academic; however I doubt very strongly that he is in the possession of any real intelligence. After all, what breed of genius consciously applies for a Reality TV show and worse still, admits to an audience of millions that he has difficulty rolling in the sty with all us common folk? He’s an absolute impostor whose ‘de Lacy’ moniker does not hide his mammoth social ignorance and lack of sophistication.

    Tragically, he seems obsessed with traditional class systems, not realising however that the world has changed dramatically since he was cryogenically frozen in 1792.

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  • From the way he explained himself in the board room he clearly had no means of defending himself or making an eloquent or pursuasive argument. If he cannot defend his own interests how would you expect him to defend a client's?
    I think his pretentiousness would him back more than his university choice. I is is very likely that he tried to get into Oxbridge and didnt get a place.

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