Inspiring moment Sikh man is called to the Bar - wearing his traditional Sikh robes

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Watch the inspiring moment a Sikh man is called to the Bar - wearing his traditional robes.

Lovejoyt Singh, 24, was called to the Bar last month after completing the first stages of law training - and was able to wear his Sikh attire to the event.

The future barrister was called to the Bar during a special ceremony at Temple Church, London, on November 25.

The inspiring video shows Lovejoyt wearing traditional Sikh robes, known as Baana, as he collects his certificate - which he described "such a privilege".

Lovejoyt, from Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, said: "In this profession, you often don't see anything beyond the realms of tradition.

"It's very rare to see someone wearing traditional robes - normally everyone just wears black suits and ties.

"But after all these years of hard work, my community is very proud of what I have achieved so being called to the Bar in my robes is a privilege.

"It's a victory not just for me but for all minority communities out there - I'm not saying I'm a role model, but they need to see people they can relate to.

"I believe be the change you want to see in the world - and this is definitely a step in the right direction."

Lovejoyt graduated from an undergraduate degree in Politics, Policy and Economics in 2018 before completing a further conversion course and a training course in law, finishing this year.

Shortly after, he was invited to his ceremony to be called to the Bar as a member of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple.

It was at this point Lovejoyt contacted the Inner Temple to make an unusual request - rather than donning the typical suit and tie, he wanted to wear traditional Sikh robes.

His request was granted - and he wore his Baana with pride as he can be seen collecting his certificate.

He said: "My community are very proud of it and proud of what I have achieved after all these years of hard work.

"I got a very positive reaction when I wore my robes and that was really pleasant to see."

Now he has been called to the Bar, the 24-year-old can move onto the next step in his path to become a barrister.

He still needs to secure further training known as a pupillage to become a registered barrister but says this is a major milestone to hit on his journey.

Lovejoyt is now applying for pupillages and hopes to make his mark on the law industry throughout his career.

He said: "To be called to the Bar wearing my Baana is a privilege.

"It's such a change to see that worn to be called to the Bar.

"I got such a positive reaction and it's a step in the right direction.

"It's a very rare thing to see someone wearing traditional robes instead of a suit so it's a big moment.

"I'm very proud of what I have achieved - I believe you have to be the change you want to see in the world."

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