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Opening Doors and Removing Glass Ceilings - Widening Participation in the Legal Professions




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Conference convened by the Centre for the Study of Professional Legal Practice.

Programme (subject to amendment)


9.00am Registration and coffee

Keynote Speaker

Paul Johnston, Director of the Secretariat, Social Mobility & Child Poverty Commission

10.00amSession 1

Raising Aspirations to Law: School to Higher Education

Insights from research and practice into factors affecting aspiration to HE

Speakers include Dr Claire Crawford, Associate Professor University of Warwick; Lacara Barnes-Rowe, Outreach Co-ordinator, Inner Temple; Richard Watso,; and Danielle Russo, Widening Participation Outreach Manager, City University London

10.45am Coffee break
11.15amSession 2

Progression in Law Careers: What’s the Problem?

Identifying closed doors, glass ceilings and what holds them in place. Academics, practitioners and regulators debate the issues

Speakers include Dr Louise Ashley, Royal Holloway College, University of London and Cass Business School, City University London; representatives of the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board; Sophie Bragg, Women in Law London and Daniel Sternberg, Chair of the Young Barristers’ Association.

12.15pmSession 3

Bringing Outsiders in: Work Experience, Training Contracts, Pupillages & Apprenticeships

Practitioners, regulators and others present and discuss initiatives for widening participation in law firms and at the Bar

Speakers include Richard Chere, Partner, Addleshaw Goddard and representative of PRIME; Julie Brannan, Director of Education and Training, Solicitors Regulation Authority; Sarah Langton, Head of Resourcing, Clifford Chance; Cordella Bart-Stewart, Chair Black Solicitors’ Network; Laura Holland, Qualifications Development Manager, CILEx; Lacara Barnes-Rowe, Outreach Co-ordinator, Inner Temple; and Christa Richmond, Director of Education Services, Middle Temple


1.15pm Lunch break
2.30pmSession 4

Solving the Problems: Initiatives for Reaching and Shattering the Glass Ceiling

Leaders of the legal services sector explore initiatives to assure progression to partner/QC status

Speakers include Justine Delroy, Partner, Addleshaw Goddard; Arron Slocombe, Partner, Baker MacKenzie; Claire Johnston, Director General, Government Legal Department; Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC, Chairman-Elect Bar Council; Patricia Robertson QC, Vice Chair, Bar Standards Board; and Russell Wallman, Chief Executive QC Appointments Secretariat

3.30pm Tea break
4.00pmSession 5

Widening Participation in the Judiciary

Research, practice and success? Analysis by key stakeholders

Speakers include Martin Forde QC, Judicial Appointments Commission; Mrs Justice Cox, UK Association of Women Judges; and Professor Lisa Webley, Westminster University


Conference Plenary & Closing

5.30pm Drinks reception

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When & where

9.00am - 6.00pmFriday 10th July 2015

Gray’s Inn Place Gray’s Inn Campus City, University of London 4 Gray’s Inn Place London WC1R 5DX United Kingdom

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+44 (0)20 7040 8037

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