Bar Council chair slams top-up fees

The Chairman of the Bar Council, Matthias Kelly, has condemned university top-up fees as yet another factor that will keep people from poor homes away from the law.
Addressing fellow barristers in Newcastle on Monday 27 January, Kelly said the Government’s Education White Paper, which will allow universities to charge top-up fees, “will keep the poor out of the law”.
“Leading universities are very likely to charge the maximum top-up fees, making it hardest for the less well-off to get access to the best education. With law degrees invariably among the more expensive on account of their popularity, our efforts to promote diversity with the profession will be stymied,” he said.