Lawyers have a great history of being social reformers. They include Mahatma Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln, and William Henry Ashurst, co-founder of Ashurst and a key figure in the abolition of the slave trade in the U.K. In more recent times they have included the likes of Barack Obama, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Tony Blair.

But some of those working for change have a much lower profile. In Weil Gotshal & Manges’ London office, two figures are quietly leading a push to reform the U.K.’s equality laws in a way that could profoundly affect the way class is perceived.