PGM discussion TONIGHT "Access to the legal profession" chair: Catrin Lewis + Robin Allen QC & Oliver Persey - Thursday 15 March

Date and time: 
15 March 2018 6:00pm


  • panel discussion: Access to the legal profession
  • chair:Catrin Lewis
  • speakers: Robin Allen QC and Oliver Persey
  • venue: Cloisters Chambers (map)
    visitors entrance: Elm Court, Temple, LONDON EC4Y 7AB
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This talk considers access to the legal profession and diversity.  It will be chaired by:

Catrin Lewis, barrister at Garden Court with many years’ experience in employment and discrimination law and a member of the DLA Executive Committee, she also sits at East London ET as a part-time Judge

The speakers are:

Robin Allen QC, Joint Head of Cloisters Chambers and Chair of the Bar Council's Equality & Diversity and Social Mobility Committee, will talk about access to the legal profession and explore whether there has been much progress in relation to increasing diversity and reducing discrimination to entering the profession.

Oliver Persey, a committee member of Young Legal Aid Lawyers (YLAL). He will provide an introduction to YLAL, the route and challenges to becoming a legal aid lawyer, and a summary of YLAL’s report on social mobility which is expected to be published in March.


A portable hearing loop is available.  Please let us know if you are considering attending and wish to make use of these facilities - or if you require some other adjustment.


There will be remote access to the PGM via Skype.  Skype users will be able to attend the session by conference call by calling “discriminationlawassociation”.

If you don't have a personal Skype account, this can easily be set up for free so members can access the PGM for free via a computer.

The line will be open from just before 6:00pm.  During the Q&A we will relay questions from the conference call to the meeting.

Skype can handle up to 24 people on a conference call.  We will open the conference to the first 23 people who call.