My Pathway to Law – Megan Stewart: Hogan Lovell’s Future Trainee

I am a 21-year-old final year law student, and a future trainee solicitor at Hogan Lovells. I grew up in a small rural ex-mining village in North Nottinghamshire. My parents have always been extremely supportive of my wishes and have told me from a young age that I could achieve anything I wanted, provided I […]

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David’s Story

“Coming from the north of England and a comprehensive school I recall being told by a careers advisor that I couldn’t be a lawyer, let alone an international lawyer as I had dared to suggest, and that I should think of something else to do. When I asked why, I was told ‘Your family don’t […]

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Collaboration. Partnership. Making a difference. Social mobility.

These were just a few of the key words and phrases that kept cropping up at the PRIME Conference on 8th February. As Chair of PRIME, I was delighted to welcome over 83 members, partners, and PRIME alumni to join us for what proved to be an inspiring day of discussions, idea sharing and commentary […]

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Removing the Barriers to Social Mobility: PRIME Conference 2018

PRIME seeks to counter historical practices of granting work experience placements to family members, and the children of clients and other colleagues. There is now a recognition that these practices imposed a barrier for young people who did not have the advantage of family connections, reinforcing both the perception and reality of the legal profession […]

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From next door neighbour to trainee: Orin Begum’s Pathway to law

Orin Begum’s path to law was unconventional – and her experience shows what a difference PRIME can make to talented young people who may never even have considered the legal profession. Currently in her first year of a training contract with Clifford Chance, Orin tells us her story, what attracted her to law and how […]

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Working together to make a difference: PRIME Conference 2018

I’ve been a Trustee of PRIME for two years now. I don’t have a legal background – in my day job I run Causeway Education, a charity helping young people from disadvantaged backgrounds through key educational transitions – and it’s great to see the commitment from PRIME members to improving social mobility in the legal […]

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Creating Diversity in the Legal Profession: PRIME Conference 2018

“Businesses need to get diverse or die.” This powerful statement was delivered by Lord Holmes’ keynote speech at the 2018 PRIME Conference. His story is inspiring. Chris came from a state comprehensive in a town outside Birmingham. He lost his sight as a teenager but went on to win nine gold medals for GB in […]

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A message of hope: PRIME Conference 2018

As a former Alumna of the PRIME programme, I took away one key message from the PRIME Conference of 2018 – a message of hope. Throughout the presentations, panels, and discussions there was a unified belief that if PRIME would be used to its full potential, then it could create real change to shake up […]

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Talent is everywhere, opportunity isn’t!

This was a recurring theme which played out throughout the day at last week’s PRIME Conference. Having recently joined the PRIME Board, it was a privilege to be part of such a hugely inspirational event that not only engaged a wide range of stakeholders across the legal industry on the transformational impact of meaningful work […]

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Changing mindsets. Changing lives. PRIME Conference 2018

What do a wall of doughnuts, a Team GB elite athlete, jelly beans, and a black lab called Lottie, all have in common? Give up? Perhaps surprisingly, they were all talking points at the PRIME Conference hosted by Hogan Lovells on 8th February. But, in case you think the whole event was just an excuse […]

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