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Geoffrey Vos QC

The chairman of the Bar Council talks about encouraging new entrants into the profession

19 January 2007

What is your overall mission this year as chair of the Bar?

At the top of the agenda is ‘quality’. I am looking to encourage the profession to maintain and enhance its quality, on the basis that this is crucial to the survival of the profession. Quality feeds into every aspect of the Bar Council’s work. For example, it is crucial to fees – in that the work must be of the highest quality to justify them – it is crucial to entry to the Bar – as we need those of the highest quality from all backgrounds – and to regulation – as the Bar Standards Board’s job will be to ensure that quality remains high.

Starting with entry to the Bar – how are you hoping change the current situation?

We must work out a way of getting better information about the profession to young people and particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds. We haven’t always been good at this, and we have not always succeeded in combating the publ...

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