A BPP grad has accused a trainee solicitor of lying about experiencing discrimination and racism.
Greg Sinclair, who writes in his LinkedIn profile that he is an aspiring barrister with experience in PR and diplomacy, made the claims in response to a post on the public forum by a law student who was celebrating landing a training contract.
Shez Anjum wrote, "Throughout my journey in law so far, I've experienced people going above and beyond, giving me opportunities and chances but I've also experienced discrimination and racism. However every experience has been a lesson and a motivation to believe in myself and push myself to be the best I can be whilst staying true to who I am and what I represent".
Hundreds of people liked Anjum's post and dozens congratulated him. But Sinclair replied, "You haven't experienced racism. So that's a lie right off the bat. It's simply a cudgel you're using to get your way". He claimed that Anjum could not have experienced discrimination because, "That sort of discrimination is illegal".
A solicitor, Simarjot Singh Judge, intervened to suggest that "Dimming someone else's light doesn't make yours any brighter". Sinclair replied, "My future's plenty bright". Then he suggested that Anjum was a "falsifing goon", whereas Sinclair had earned his success without being "the undeserving benefactor of leg-ups from people I call racist and colonialists". He added that "bleating on about 'muh discrimination'" was "a pathetic tactic designed to advance your careers".
When Simarjot replied, "Don't you worry that your rants will be viewed by prospective employers?", Sinclair responded, "No I don't", then claimed that Anjun was "making it up" and "is therefore a person of low morality, and should under no circumstances be allowed to practise law".
Anjum, who confirmed to RollOnFriday that he and Sinclair do not know one another, dropped into the fray only once. He wrote, "Dear Greg, your comments say more about you then they do me and actually reinforce my post, so thank you. I wish you every success in the future. Kind regards, an undeserving benefactor of leg ups".
Sinclair has given diversity a few kickings on the networking site. In response to a woman's post celebrating her appearance on Channel 4 News to discuss the importance of diversity in the field of medicine, he wrote "There are no impediments whatsoever to diversity... In fact, there are incentives which are accessible to you and not to white people on the grounds that they are white". When a barrister mentioned that a judgment had referred to the Satanic Verses as anti-Islam, Sinclair informed him that Muslims "like to denigrate everyone else's beliefs so they too, need to accept denigration with poise". When the brief protested that Sinclair had misunderstood his post, the BPP grad responded, "That someone so duplicitous should be called to the bar is frankly shocking".
Sinclair did not respond to a request for comment. Here, have a spat: