Former Bar Council chair Geoffrey Vos QC has taken over from Oliver Letwin MP as the chair of a charity for students from less privileged backgrounds wanting to enter professions including law.
Vos, who relinquished his position as bar chair on 1 January to Timothy Dutton QC, is chairing the trustees of the Social Mobility Foundation (SMF).
The charity, in conjunction with the Bar Council under the chairmanship of Vos, has kick-started placement schemes in the law for high-achieving A-level students from low income backgrounds.
The move comes as part of the bar’s push to bring a level playing field when it comes to entry to the profession. The SMF link-up fulfils a handful of Neuberger’s recommendations to open up the bar to a more diverse demographic.
Vos said that it is his intention to grow SMF so that within three or four years 1,000 students per year can be placed on projects such as the bar scheme but not only within law but other industries as well.
“My vision is to provide support in a number of ways for students from less privileged backgrounds, so that they have a realistic chance of bridging the gap between aspiration to a profession in Year 12 at school, through university, and towards actual entry to that profession after graduation,” said Vos.