PRIME Tenth Anniversary Conference
Hear leading figures in social mobility discuss the future of social mobility.
Connect with like-minded peers from the legal profession and leading figures in social mobility in our dedicated networking area.
Toni Kent uses her talents as host to bring awareness to issues such as social mobility. Drawing on her own life experiences, including nearly a decade working at Microsoft, she highlights the challenges faced by those in similar situations and the opportunities for organisations to help.
David Morley, founder and former Chair of PRIME, PRIME alumni and key people at our member firms discuss PRIME’s impact and the need to continue to improve access to, and socio-economic diversity within, the legal profession.
Hear Patricia Christias, Assistant General Counsel at Microsoft in conversation with Sarah Macdonald, Chief Legal Officer at KFC as they explore the client perspective on social mobility and what their law firms can contribute towards it.
Our panel discuss the past, present and future of social mobility, identifying challenges and opportunities for law firms. They will investigate questions including:
• What’s changed in social mobility in the last ten years?
• Should firms still focus on outreach?
• What might be the long-term impact of Covid on students from less privileged backgrounds?
• What can firms do to make sure PRIME and organisations like it are not
needed in future?
• Sarah Atkinson, Chief Executive, The Social Mobility Foundation
• Nick Scott, Managing Partner, Brodies LLP
• Sana Shafi, Co-founder, Strive
• Arun Sohan-Pall, Trainee Solicitor, Kirkland & Ellis
• James Turner, Chief Executive, The Sutton Trust
• Sandra Wallace, Co-chair, Social Mobility Commission
We return to Toni Kent.
Explore the practical steps we can take to address social mobility through a choice of four breakout sessions:
Breakout Session A – What will work experience look like in a post-pandemic
Facilitators: Katie Noonan, Forage and Deborah McCormack, Pinsent Masons
The pandemic forced law firms to rethink their work experience programmes at pace. The creation of virtual work experience has brought benefits in the form of increased reach to students and reduced costs. But, what makes a successful virtual work experience programme? Can a virtual experience ever replace face-to-face? And, as we navigate our way through this pandemic, what will work experience look like in the future? Join this session to share successes and challenges and explore potential solutions.
Breakout Session B – Selection: Fair and equal?
Facilitators: Naomi Kellman, Rare and Jen Baird, Hogan Lovells
Selection techniques have come a long way in the past few years, giving firms more choice in how they recruit fairly. In this session, we’ll discuss:
Breakout Session C – How do you reach the right students?
Facilitators: Chris White, Aspiring Solicitors and John Craven, UpReach
Student representatives: Georgia Elliott, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP and Brigitte Ngowi, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
When it comes to finding the most talented individuals, are the traditional routes still the best? In this session, we’ll discuss the different routes into the profession, challenge our views on those routes, and explore how firms can tap into the best talent.
Breakout Session D – Progression: How do you create the right environment for success?
Facilitators: Simon Reichwald, MyKindaFuture and Nik Miller, The Bridge Group
Having invested in outreach and recruitment, the next challenge is progression. Retaining and developing candidates from less privileged backgrounds is essential if diversity is to be achieved at the highest levels of our profession. In this session, we’ll look at the different techniques and considerations involved in creating the right support and environment for success, from mentoring and sponsoring to work allocation and workplace culture.