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'Law should be about intellectual ability, not how your hair falls' – The Times

When Alphege Bell was called to the Bar in 1995 he had “dreadlocks down to my bum — and that’s a lot of hair”.
He was the first barrister with “dreads” to appear before a judge — and a quarter of a century ago, the legal profession was deeply conservative, so Bell caused something of a stir.
Born in Birmingham in 1971, the son of “classic Windrush generation parents” from Jamaica, Bell explains that his “locks” were part of his sense of personal identity — a way to express and feel connected to his heritage, history and culture.
Pursuing a career at the Bar, the state school-educated Oxford graduate was told that keeping his dreadlocks would be “career suicide”.
“It’s not that they were against
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