Davidge thanks family as Called to the Bar
While many lawyers choose to quote authors or great novelists when making their Called to the Bar speech, Katherine Davidge drew inspiration from the TV comedy show Scrubs to sum up her journey.
“The Chief of Medicine is speaking to a patient and junior doctors when he says ‘Nothing in this world that is worth having comes easy’”, Ms Davidge recalled.
“And as all those who have made this journey before me know, it has been far from easy but so very worth it.”
Ms Davidge said she was both “elated and terrified” to be Called to the Bar.
She left her career in insurance to pursue her dream to study law starting with evening classes at Bermuda College.
She is a graduate of BPP University, where she studied legal practice course in 2016. Before that she completed her bachelor of law at the University of Kent.
Ms Davidge also carried out work experience placements at numerous firms including Conyers Dill & Pearman, Marshall Diel & Myers, Hunters Solicitors and Wakefield Quin. She also worked for three months at the Centre for Justice in Bermuda and was a student caseworker at Kent University.
For the past year she has been working with Cox Hallett Wilkinson, which she described as “a fantastic whirlwind of learning and discovery”.
Ernest Morrison, managing director at Cox Hallett Wilkinson who moved the application to have Ms Davidge admitted to the Bermuda Bar, described her as a “star student”.
During her Bar Call speech, Ms Davidge referenced the movie, Legally Blonde, in which one of the characters says “passion is a key ingredient to the study and practice of law, and of life”.
Ms Davidge said: “This has resonated with me from my first Tuesday evening class at Bermuda College to my first full day of work, when I discovered my passion for the legal profession and the beautiful logic in it.
“That passion has driven me to succeed, it has driven me to push myself further than I thought possible and it has got me where I am standing here today.”
During her two years studying law at Bermuda College, she had senior magistrate Juan Wolfe teach her criminal law and Venous Memari teach her public law.
She began her pupillage in the Corporate Department of Cox Hallett Wilkinson, with Ms Janice Gutteridge as her first pupil master. Her second seat was in Private Client with Lorren Wilson as her pupil master.
“My time in Private Client taught me many useful skills but it also helped tremendously with my confidence,” she said.
Finally, she had a seat in litigation with Craig Rothwell.
Ms Davidge added: “Craig has made me feel as if litigation was a viable choice for me, something far beyond my expectations at the beginning of my seat. Learning from Craig has been nothing short of a delight and I truly admire the passion and composure in his practice.”
She thanked many who had helped her in her journey, including her parents and her late grandfather, of whom she said: “His unconditional love and pride spurred me to continue on this journey when I thought I couldn’t. It is and for ever will be one of the proudest moments of my entire life.”
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