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Social Mobility in the Legal Profession Conference

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4th floor, The Media Factory

University of Central Lancashire

Kirkham Street

Preston

PR1 2XY

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#LLSSocialMobility

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 orginal 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.

Conference aims

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.

Confirmed speakers

Lynne Livesey - Deputy Vice Chancellor, UCLan

Barry Matthews - Legal Director at ITV and CEO of the Social Mobility Business Partnership

Tyrone Jones - Global CSR Director of Social responsibility and Engagement at DWF

Amanda Webster - Director at Harrison Drury solicitors

Rachel Nir and Tina McKee - Authors of the Fairness Project, Lancashire Law School, UCLan

Dr Matthew Channon - Law Lecturer at Exeter University and introducer of #mypathtolaw

Who is the conference aimed at?

Law firms, academic lecturers, lawyers, law students and anyone with an interest is helping develop change the profession.

Filming and photography permissions

There will be photography and filming throughout the event. During the registration process, you will be asked to give your permission for filming and photography of you to be used by UCLan for marketing purposes including (but not limited to) University websites, on and offline publications, public relations messages and other advertising, such as social media, brochures, information leaflets, adverts, posters and other formats to promote the University and to promote University courses at its partner institutions.

FAQs

How do I get to UCLan?

Please follow this link where you can download a campus map. The Media Factory is in the Green Zone marked ME.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

There are two pay and display car parks within 5-10 minute walk of The Media Factory.

Walker Street Car Park – North Street, Preston PR1 2HF is situated approx. 10-minute walk from The Media Factory.

St Mary's Car Park, Marsh Lane, Preston PR1 2HX is situated 5-minute walk from the Media Factory.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Get in touch with the Conference Organiser, Simon Price - Principal Lecturer, Lancashire Law School:

E-mail - sprice9@uclan.ac.uk

Telephone - 01772-893061.


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PR1 2XY

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