It is extremely encouraging that key legal organisations are looking to improve social mobility within the sector - hopefully, this will lead to the UK legal profession as a whole becoming more diverse and welcoming.

The proposed model for barrister training would open up the profession to those who are currently unable to meet the high costs associated with joining the Bar. It is important that the UK's legal experts reflect the make up of its society - lawyers should come from all walks of life and this is a positive step towards achieving greater diversity.  

Read Byfield Consultancy's 'Opening Up or Shutting Out' report on social mobility in the legal profession