Cherie Blair QC recently wrote an opinion piece for The Times' Brief taking the stance that disruptive thinking is needed to encourage diversity on the bench. 

In particular, Cherie Blair makes the valid point that age should not be a barrier to promotion. If individuals are capable then why shouldn't they be promoted even if they are younger than usual? Baroness Butler-Sloss was only 37 years old when she was appointed as a district judge.  

It will be interesting to see if Cherie Blair's points are able to kick start the necessary disruption to increase diversity in the profession. 

Read our report on social mobility and diversity in the legal sector, Opening up or Shutting out, for more analysis into this area.