Edge Hill Uni law grad left tetraplegic after horror car smash set to realise barrister dream

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Simon Arnold defies odds to secure pupillage

Simon Arnold

An Edge Hill University law graduate who was rendered tetraplegic following a shocking accident is set to realise his long-held dream of becoming a barrister after being offered a pupillage.

Simon Arnold, 36, was involved in a serious road traffic accident in 2006, which rendered him unable to walk with very limited use of his hands. Just a year on and after several months of intense rehabilitation, a determined Arnold set himself the career goal of qualifying as a barrister and enrolled on a law degree at Edge Hill University.

Defying the odds, Arnold moved a step closer to realising his bar dream on Friday when he was offered a pupillage at Exchange Chambers and Hilary Meredith Solicitors.

Arnold will spend the first six months with Exchange, one of the country’s largest barristers’ chambers with branches in Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool, before joining up with Hilary Meredith, a firm specialising in serious injury claims for military service personnel and veterans.

“I am absolutely thrilled to be starting a pupillage,” barrister-to-be Arnold said. “It’s been a long journey and there have been difficult times along the way but so many people have supported me. I want to make them all proud.”

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Arnold, from Warrington, Cheshire, completed the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2012, having previously undertaken a masters in international law and human rights. He also secured funding to enable him to employ a personal assistant as well as equipment, particularly IT, to help him work.

He continued: “I am always careful not to assume that I automatically understand how a person with a serious injury feels. However, I do believe that I can relate to someone with a serious and catastrophic injury, and moreover have some idea of the processes and equipment that they might have to endure or require in the future.”

Hilary Meredith, chair of Hilary Meredith Solicitors, added: “As a firm of solicitors, we don’t ordinarily offer pupillages but Simon is a truly inspirational individual who has blown us away with his ability, determination and positive outlook.”

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Really impressive. Good lokk to him with pupillage and his career going forward.






Good for him, didn’t give up on life 🙌






Excellent achievement!

There will now be silence from those who insist only those with Oxbridge/Russell Group degrees could possibly become barristers and any other applicant is delusional…?



Hardly. This is one guy who got pupillage for his resilience in the face of adversity, not because of his crap degree.



We should instead have police focusing on catching criminals rather than posing with sinners.



Do you consider avarice a sin?

You’re entering the wrong profession if you want to avoid that…



What a remarkable individual

A true inspiration



That’s truly amazing, good luck to the lad!


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