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Professor Gus John appointed to chair LETR Equality, Diversity and Social Mobility Group

Professor Gus John (Doctor of Education)

Professor Gus John (Doctor of Education)

Professor Gus John, International Development and Education Consultant, and Social Investment Expert, is to chair the Equality and Diversity and Social Mobility (EDSM) Group that will contribute to the Legal Education and Training Review (LETR) jointly commissioned by the Solicitors Regulation authority (SRA) , Bar Standards Board (BSB) and ILEX Professional Standards (IPS).

The EDSM has been set up specifically to give specialist advice and guidance and, as part of its remit, the group will be looking at the recently published discussion paper on Equality Diversity and Social Mobility, currently open to comments.

Professor John said: "Ensuring equality of opportunity is an important legal and regulatory objective for further and higher education institutions, approved regulators and legal services providers. I am also keen to engage key stakeholders on the subject of equality, diversity and social mobility to ensure that the review is informed by a broad range of opinion and experience"

Born in Grenada, Professor John has been involved in education, schooling and political activism in Britain’s inner cities since the 1960s. He is Honorary Fellow and Associate Professor at the Institute of Education, University of London, and was for four years external evaluator for the Law Society of its performance in promoting equality and human rights.

Dame Janet Gaymer, Co-Chair of the Consultation Panel, said: "We are delighted to welcome Professor John as chair of the EDSM as his background in education is ideally suited to the key issues of accessibility we are examining as part of the review."

Stakeholders have until 17.00 on 2 July to comment on the discussion paper, which was published on 23 April and is divided into three main sections:

  • the demographic composition of the profession;
  • the ways in which existing education and training practices may put barriers in the way of aspiring lawyers, therefore preventing equality of opportunity;
  • questions aimed at eliciting answers on the key issues.

Responses to the discussion paper should be emailed to, quoting "Equality and Diversity response" in the subject line.


Note to editors

The discussion paper can be downloaded from the LETR website.
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