The set has a long tradition of active engagement in the legal and wider community. Current members (Guy Mansfield QC and Robert Seabrook QC) and former Member (Sir Robert Owen) have been Chairmen of the Bar; we provide annual financial support for both the Bar Pro Bono Unit and the Free Representation Unit and Members regularly provide their time free of charge to support cases passed to us by those Units; and we provide free of charge, as a public service, the comprehensive and widely acclaimed UK Human Rights Blog. Former Members have continued this tradition of service while holding some of the highest judicial positions in the country.

Members write extensively on their areas of expertise and lecture widely both in the UK and overseas (with close and growing links with the legal sector in China and Hong Kong).

We are committed to being as environmentally friendly in our practices as we can realistically be e.g. by recycling our waste, using recycled paper and conserving energy.

The Sutton Trust

Working to improve access and support greater equality and diversity at the Bar.

1 Crown Office Row are proud to partner with The Sutton Trust as part of its efforts to promote access to the bar for bright young people from less advantaged backgrounds. The Sutton Trust was founded in 1997 by Sir Peter Lampl to combat educational inequality and prevent a waste of talent. The foundation aims to improve young people’s social mobility in the UK though a range of research, policy advocacy and evidence-based programmes.

In 2006 the Pathways to Law programme was developed to widen access to the legal profession. This programme selects highly able 16-year-olds from less advantaged backgrounds and provides them with a range of opportunities to further their legal education. All of which is delivered in partnership with some of the finest universities in the country.

1 Crown Office Row’s attendance at the Trust’s Pathways to Law events and assessed mini-pupillage scheme are all part of its ongoing efforts, led by Jo Moore, to widen access to the Bar for talented young people from backgrounds underrepresented in the profession.

For further information please visit the Sutton Trust website at

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