LLM/PGDip Bar Training Course alum Anu Mohindru QC was appointed Queen’s Counsel in early 2020, in recognition of his excellence and experience in the field of law.
Each year, the Queen appoints barristers and solicitors to ‘Her Majesty’s Counsel learned in the law’. To achieve this, they must have practised law for at least ten years and be recommended by the Lord Chancellor.
The appointment is commonly known as ‘taking silk’ as once a lawyer becomes a QC, they are entitled to wear a silk robe in court.
Becoming a member of Queen’s Counsel is what Anu aspired to at the start of his career. Achieving this has become the proudest moment of his career, to date.
Working as a Barrister for the Foundry Chambers in London, Anu has worked on high-profile cases. He’s worked on several criminal trials when the eyes of the world were watching, and every aspect was scrutinised by the media.
Anu reflects, “to be in a courtroom full of the who’s who of my profession in the infancy of my career was daunting, but I was able to learn so much; it was incredibly inspiring.”
Anu loves the uniqueness of each case and the fact that he never stops learning. “No two days are ever the same” he says.
Where it started
In 2004 Anu completed his post-graduate diploma Bar training course at UWE Bristol.
He believes the teaching prepared him well for a career in law. He has fond memories of his time studying, including the birth of his youngest daughter not long before his final exams. He remembers how his tutor group decorated their room and threw him a party to celebrate!
Delyth James, Associate Head of the Law department, was delighted to learn of Anu’s recent appointment as Queen’s Counsel. She recalls “Anu was a student with huge energy, commitment and focus to succeed as well as someone who was a lot of fun and an absolute joy to teach.”
When asked if he had any advice for our students, he said “have hope, have patience and there’s no replacement for hard work. Things you may think are only a distant dream do happen.”