Response to Nick Cleggs launch of the annual report card
Responding to Nick Cleggs launch of the annual report card as part of the governments social mobility strategy, Naveen Tuli, managing director of legal recruiter Laurence Simons said: The governments measures to address social mobility cannot come soon enough especially in the legal profession. Our research shows that 15% of legal professionals attended one of just 250 of the nations public schools. These students are now 7 times overrepresented in the industry.
The figures paint a disturbingly regressive picture of the opportunities open to those wishing to get into law. Unfortunately, social exclusivity is rife in the industry and this has hitherto been a real policy blind-spot. The industry has made real progress in addressing the under-representation of women and ethnic minority groups and were at least on the way to tackling those issues. But the under-representation of those who cant afford a silver-plated education is getting worse, not better.
But this isnt a case of wanton snobbery on behalf of legal employers - in many ways, Britains blue-chip legal employers are simply reacting to the decline of state education. The overwhelming conclusion must be that if your children aspire to a successful legal career and you are choosing them a school, it pays to pay.