"The Bar is Open to All", Chairman-Elect Tells London Students
17 October 2011
The Chairman-Elect of the Bar Council, which represents
barristers in England and Wales, will today urge students from
disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue a career at the Bar, at an
event co-hosted by the Bar Council, the Law Society and ILEX.
Michael Todd QC, a leading chancery practitioner, will share his
experience at the Bar with over 50 pre A-Level students aged 14-15
from low income households, who will be welcomed to the Law Society
venue by The Rt. Hon. Baroness Scotland PC QC. Suitable
participants were identified with the assistance of the charity Ark
(Absolute Return for Kids) and Pathways to Law.
The event will outline the different routes of entry and the
qualifications required to enter the legal profession, and give
real insight into life as a legal practitioner. Students will watch
a mock trial heard by circuit judge Her Hon. Judge Downing. Later
in the afternoon they will break out into smaller groups to ask
individual barristers about their experience, learning from Michael
Todd QC, criminal barrister Courtenay Griffiths QC, commercial
barrister Emma Edhem and family barrister Peggy Ekeledo-Smith.
Over lunch, students will be able to meet other practitioners
and learn more about their experience of the legal profession.
Michael Todd QC, Chairman-Elect of the Bar, said:
"A modern and credible legal profession must be diverse and
inclusive if it is to represent its clients from all parts of
society. Barristers go on to make up the vast majority of the
judiciary, on whose expertise and experience our democratic way of
life depends. Through initiatives like today's careers event, the
Bar Council wishes to deliver one key message: the Bar is open to
Notes to Editors
1. For further information please contact the Bar Council
Press Office on 020 7222 2525.
2. The Bar Council represents barristers in England and Wales.
• The Bar's high quality specialist advocacy and advisory
• Fair access to justice for all
• The highest standards of ethics, equality and diversity across
the profession, and
• The development of business opportunities for barristers at home
The General Council of the Bar is the Approved Regulator of
the Bar of England and Wales. It discharges its regulatory
functions through the independent Bar Standards