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Lawyer Career Changer Profile

John Irvine


Legal Career

4, Paper Buildings, Barrister - criminal and civil, Temple

New Career(s)


Career Change Story

I am currently the Dean of Coventry Cathedral. I only became a committed Christian during my bar exams. That changed priorities and eventually felt a greater call. I left to do another degree with a view to ordiantion within the Church of England.

1. I explored a vocation with the Director of training in the diocese of Chichester.
2. My motives in making the move lay in seeking to obey a sense of God's calling.

Career Change Reflections

I still miss some of the close camaraderie of the Bar and the buzz of cross examination but have never regretted the decision to move on and, to my mind, serve a greater cause.

1. Take time. Don't rush.

2. Return in the holidays to earn some more to pay the tax bill!

Contact Details

Address: Coventry Cathedral - Dean

Whilst every care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of this information at the time of posting, the information is intended as guidance only. It should not be considered as professional or legal advice.