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Clegg censures lawyers on social mobility

PUBLISHED October 12, 2011

The legal profession needs to open its doors wider to new entrants and do more to encourage social mobility, the deputy prime minister told lawyers this week. Speaking to the Financial Services Lawyers Association, Nick Clegg said: ?Your profession judges and represents people in court, so it should represent them in membership too.? He pointed out that 70% of high court judges, 68% of top barristers and more than half of solicitors are privately educated. In addition, he noted that only one in four partners are women and that nine out of 10 QCs are men. read more