Lord Sumption's remarks about the progress of women in the judiciary, about which I blogged last week along with half the legal world, continue to reverberate.
In his 'Monday Message' today (link below), the chairman of the Criminal Bar Association, Mark Fenhalls QC, uses the issue to put forward a couple of practical and interesting ideas to aid diversity and avoid the prospect of a career at the Bar only being open to those from affluent families.
No doubt accidentally, Lord Sumption may have done the profession a favour by raising the temperature of debate and the tempo for change.
Student debt falls in to two categories. That owned by the Student Loans Company and commercial debt owed to banks. Anecdotal experience of the young barristers with substantial commercial debts is that they spend all their spare cash paying high (because unsecured) interest rates and have little or no prospect of repaying capital for these loans, let alone those owned by the SLC. I think the Bar has to find a way of buying out these commercial debts and of purchasing the loans from the SLC at a suitable discount.