Alexandra Wilson

Alexandra Wilson is a junior barrister and the eldest of four children. Her mother is White British and her father is Black British. Her paternal grandparents were born in Jamaica and  came to England as part of the Windrush generation.

Alexandra grew up in Essex and studied at the University of Oxford. She was awarded two prestigious scholarships, enabling her to research the effect of police shootings in the US on  young people’s attitudes to the police. She went on to study for a Graduate Diploma in Law  (GDL) and her Masters‐in‐Law at BPP University in London.

She was awarded the first Queen’s scholarship by the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple, a scholarship awarded to students showing exceptional promise in a career at the Bar.


An absolute triumph; a compelling and courageous memoir forcing the legal profession to confront uncomfortable truths about race and class. Alexandra Wilson is a bold and vital voice. This is a book that urgently needs to be read by everyone inside, and outside, the justice system.

The Secret Barrister

An inspirational, clear-eyed account of life as a junior barrister is made all the more exceptional by the determination, passion, humanity and drive of the author. Anyone interested in seeing how the law really works should read it

Sarah Langford

This is the story of a young woman who overcame all the obstacles a very old profession could throw at her, and she survived, with her integrity intact.

Benjamin Zephaniah

The personal narrative of a young female lawyer of mixed heritage who is defying the soft bigotry of low expectations by sharing her journey inspires us all to do the same in our own way, and this is a powerful message which needs to be shared

Dr Tunde Okewale MBE
Founder of Urban Lawyers

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