PRIME was set up in response to the 2009 Milburn Report on social mobility entitled “Unleashing Aspiration” to address a problem that very few law firm leaders, let alone law firm partners, even recognised and fewer still were trying to address. Ten years on, social mobility programmes are part of most firms’ recruitment strategies and enormous progress has been made on widening access to the profession. We can, and should be, proud of that and of the way in which PRIME has drawn together law firms from all over the UK to address this agenda and to do so through collaboration and sharing of best practice. We have also inspired others to follow our lead and we have been able to share our learning with them.
In the report below, we share some of the detail on the people who have helped to make PRIME a success and some of the initiatives that we have implemented. We do so partly to mark our 10th anniversary but primarily to help spread the word and to encourage all law firms in the UK to join us on this important journey. In doing so, you will not only unleash the aspirations of young people, but you will also be enhancing the diversity and strength of your firms.