For most people, an office job means spending the majority of their waking hours sitting in one place surrounded by the same group of people. Undoubtedly, some of these people you would not have chosen to sit next to. Others you may get on with very well. Either way it has to be a hard choice to keep something as basic as your sexuality a secret from people you spend such a large proportion of your life with. Although the legal profession provides countless examples of impressive deal-doers and business leaders for up-and-coming lawyers to aspire to intellectually, it seems in some areas it lacks people to look up to on a personal basis. As our feature this week discusses, there is only a handful of openly gay solicitors and barristers in senior positions to act as role models for those coming up through the ranks. So it is in this vein that leading gay charity Stonewall and a group of senior partners and barristers are calling for more homosexual lawyers to step forward and talk about their experiences of coming out.
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