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The Midland Circuit is committed to ensuring that the barristers who practice on our Circuit properly reflect the society which we serve. We want to offer all barristers and students a profession which is warm and welcoming to all, regardless of race, gender, sexuality, religion, physical or neurological difficulties, social or economic deprivation.

The Social Mobility committee was founded in 2019 with the mission to enable students from disadvantaged and/or low-income backgrounds to be able to obtain work experience and to consider a career in law.

We also aim to help the socially mobile to enter our profession and remain within it. The committee is chaired by Mary Prior QC and supported by a committee of over 20 members of Circuit, who passionately believe that the legal system benefits the most when it truly reflects the communities it serves.

We are determined to ensure that on the Midland Circuit we do all that we can to encourage and inspire those aged 14-18 to consider a career in law and to understand that law is a profession that welcomes and encourages applicants from all members of the community in which we live and which we serve. We also aim to encourage and inspire students at University or in Further Education to continue their interest in law.Mary Prior QC

In a body of research conducted in 2019 only 6% of the Bar disclosed disability and 13.6% of the practising Bar was BAME (Black and Minority Ethnic); within the broad BAME category Black barrister made up the smallest denomination.

The Midland Circuit strives to support people from different backgrounds who want to practise law, and strongly believe that we need a diverse Bar in order to properly assist our communities.

The Midland Circuit’s Social Mobility Officers are committed to ensuring that a career at the bar remains accessible to everyone and aim to attract talent from a diverse range of backgrounds. The committee includes Juniors from chambers all across the Circuit and who practice in all areas of law.

What we do

As part of our Social Mobility mission our officers work to connect people from disadvantaged backgrounds with opportunities they may not have known about or considered applying for. The committee works with all of the Universities in the Circuit and run pupillage fairs and events to introduce young people to the profession. Our Social Mobility Officers also run regular zoom meetings to introduce students to various areas of law and are producing a series of films to encourage school students to consider a legal career.