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Feb. 9, 2012

Cherie Booth QC is chairing a debate at the College of Law

The College of Law is holding a debate on why the Bar has to change to increase diversity, and this is going to be chaired by Cherie Booth QC, a College of Law alumna.

The ‘Diversity at the Bar’ event is due to take place on Tuesday 21st February in front of an invited audience. It will also be streamed live via the College’s Facebook page to allow everyone to follow the debate.

Cherie Booth will be joined on the panel by Dr Vanessa Davies, Director of the Bar Standards Board, Timothy Dutton QC, former chair of the Bar Council and Head of Fountain Court Chambers, Jacqueline Cheltenham, Head of the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) at The College of Law, and Rachel Harris, the College’s Director of Employability.

Cherie Booth QC, says, “Now more than ever it is important that we continue to build on the progress towards diversity that the Bar has made since I was called in 1976, so as to ensure that the profession and the legal system are seen to reflect the diversity of experience in 21st century Britain.”

Chief Executive of The College of Law, Professor Nigel Savage, says, “The College is a firm supporter of diversity in legal education and we take our responsibility to widen access to the legal profession very seriously. It is in the interests of the application of justice in this country that the Bar is open to all and reflects the diversity of the community that it serves. The College is keen to explore these issues through our forthcoming event and work with the Bar to help ensure that its desire to be a diverse and representative profession is realised. All of the audience places were snapped up within 24 hours of sending out the invitation so it should be a lively discussion.”

The debate begins at 6.45pm on Tuesday 21st February and can be viewed via the College of Law’s Facebook page.

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Content added on 9th February 2012.


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