Talent is everywhere. Opportunity isn’t.
In June 2005, the Sutton Trust published “The educational background of the UK’s top solicitors, barristers and judges” which revealed that 7% of school age children attended fee paying schools, yet over two thirds of the barristers at the top chambers had attended independent schools, as had three quarters of the judges, and over half the partners at the leading law firms. This started the Social Mobility in the legal profession debate.
In 2016, the Sutton trust published “Leading People” which found that 74% of judges, 71% of barristers and over half of solicitors were privately educated, despite only 7% attending fee paying schools, so little, if anything has changed since the original report.
Whilst it is true there is much more visibility of the issue of Social Mobility within the legal profession in recent years, the evidence would suggest that there is much more to be done.
The conference aims to ask, what more can be done to make the legal profession more representative of the society it serves? Leading law firms, academics, practitioners and students will provide an inspiring forum to tackle this complex issue.
The conference also aims to create a lasting legacy by helping establish a network of law firms, universities and students in the North West of England to act as a leading voice for change in the legal profession.
For full information and to book your free place please visit the Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/social-mobility-in-the-legal-profession-conference-tickets-50483000012
Event Date: Monday 19 November, 9.30am – 4pm
Event Location: 4th Floor Media Factory, Kirkham Street, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, PR1 2XY