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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

Brynmor Adams

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

BRC member since 2021 (co-opted 2021).

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

Bryn represents Hall on the Chapel 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.

BRC member since 2002 (last elected 2018-2021).

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

He represents Hall on the Post-Call Education Committee.

Antonia Benfield

Self-employed barrister at Doughty Street Chambers, practising in asylum, immigration, human rights and public law.

BRC member since 2018 (elected 2018-2021).

Antonia represents Hall on the Hospitality, Events and Dining Committee.

Dr Miranda Brawn

Non-practising barrister. Banking and finance lawyer for global investment banks. Founder and CEO of The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Foundation.

BRC member since 2021 (co-opted 2021).

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

She represents Hall on the Chapel Committee and Investment Committee.

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 (last elected 2020-2023).

Laura co-chairs the Social Mobility Sub-committee with Chris Loweth.

She represents Hall on the Pre-Call Education Committee.

In addition, Laura is the Inn’s Representative on the Northern Circuit and a representative to the Bar Council.

Mark Herbert QC

Barrister at Pump Court Tax Chambers.

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

Amelia Highnam

Self-employed barrister at Farrar’s Building with a growing practice in public law. She previously worked at the Government Legal Department within immigration litigation, the Department for Exiting the European Union and the Department for Transport.

BRC member since 2017 (last elected 2018-2021).

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

She represents Hall on the Pre-Call Education Committee.

Nadeem Holland

Self employed criminal barrister at The 36 Group.

BRC member since 2020 (elected 2020-2023).

Nadeem is a member of the Social Mobility Sub-committee and Social & Wellbeing Group.

He represents Hall on the Post-Call Education Committee.

Elizabeth Isaacs QC

Barrister at St Ive’s Chambers.

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

Hazel Jackson

Self employed barrister at Henderson Chambers.

BRC member since 2018 (co-opted 2021).

Hazel represents Hall on the Hospitality, Events & Dining Committee and Scholarships Committee.

She also co-chairs the Junior Members’ Committee, together with Ben Hamer, and is also a member of the Social Mobility Sub-Committee.

Chris Loweth

Head of Legal & Business Affairs at BBC Global News, specialising in media and entertainment law.

BRC member since 2021 (elected 2021-2024).

Chris co-chairs the Social Mobility Sub-Committee with Laura Gould.

He represents Hall on the Advisory (Benchers) 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 Estates 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 is a member of the Junior Members’ Committee and Social Mobility Sub-Committee.