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Social Mobility Sub-Committee

The Bar Representation Committee (BRC) recognised that there was an opportunity to improve social mobility at the Inn. As a result, the Social Mobility Sub-Committee was created in early 2017.

The Sub-Committee identify ways in which the Inn can make a greater contribution to social mobility at the Bar and consider the Inn’s existing and proposed activities and provision within this area. The group work closely with the Member Engagement team, Equality Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Committee, Scholarships Committee and Outreach Coordinator to see how the Inn can assist and encourage social mobility.

The group have agreed to keep up some of the work directed at students through the Social Mobility Foundation and IntoUniversity however agreed there should also be some new focus directed to the social mobility within “the forgotten middle” of the profession (i.e. those between 2 and 10 years’ call), particularly in light of the difficulties in retention at the publicly funded Bar, and the propensity of those from a more diverse background to enter this branch of the profession.

The Sub-Committee meet around 3 or 4 times a year. Meetings are usually held hybrid, both in-person at the Inn and via Zoom.

Membership

Bryn Adams

Self-employed barrister at Exchange Chambers. Bryn specialises in property and public law.

Bryn is a member of the Social Mobility Sub-committee.

His Honour Judge Afzal CBE

Judge Afzal is a Circuit judge in the Midland Circuit, based at Derby Combined Court Centre. He was formerly a self-employed Barrister at No 5 Chambers.

Judge Afzal is a member of the Social Mobility Sub-committee.

 

Honor Brocklebank-Fowler

Studying the Bar Course at City Law School.

Honor is also Vice-President of the Lincoln’s Inn Students’ Association.

 

Edmund Burge QC

Self-employed barrister at Five St Andrew’s Hill.

BRC member since 2022 (elected 2022-2025).

Edmund represents Hall on Estates Committee and is also a member of the Social Mobility sub-committee.

Rabby Fozlay

Secretary of the Lincoln’s Inn Students’ Association.

Laura Gould

Self-employed barrister, practising throughout the UK in employment, commercial and sports law from Kings Chambers in Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham.

BRC member since 2016 (elected 2020-2023). Laura co-chairs the Social Mobility sub-committee with Chris Loweth.

She represents Hall on the Pre-Call Education Committee and Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Committee.

In addition, Laura is the Representative of the Northern Circuit.

Elizabeth Isaacs QC

Barrister at St Ive’s Chambers.

Liz is a member of the Social Mobility Sub-Committee.

Chris Loweth

Acting Director of Legal & Rights, BBC News International Services.

BRC member since 2021 (elected 2021-2024).

Chris co-chairs the Social Mobility sub-committee with Laura Gould.

Chris also represents Hall on the Advisory (Benchers) Committee and Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee.

Dr Tariq Mahmood

Self-employed barrister at 33 Bedford Row.

Dr Mahmood has a broad commercial litigation and arbitration practice covering a wide range of contractual, property and public law disputes. BRC member since 2021 (elected 2021 – 2024).

Tariq represents Hall on the Hospitality, Events and Dining Committee and Library Committee.

He is also a member of the Social Mobility Sub-committee.

Susanna McGibbon

Treasury Solicitor and Permanent Secretary of the Government Legal Department.

Susanna is a member of the Social Mobility Sub-Committee.

Rifat Rahman

Corporate and Commercial Law Associate at Mahbub & Company, Bangladesh. General Corporate and Commercial Practice with a specialisation in M&A, Foreign Investment, Employment Law and Arbitration.

BRC member since 2021 (elected 2021-2024).

Rifat represents Hall on Gardens Committee. He is also a member of the Junior Members’ Committee and Social Mobility sub-committee.