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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Golddy’s Story with Trowers & Hamlins

As a founder firm of the PRIME initiative, our first placement programme took place in July 2012 to a dozen or so students from St Angela’s school in Newham.  The programme has gone from strength to strength each year in developing a scheme that offers the students a wide range of experiences, training and interaction […]

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A&O recognised for Smart Start programme

A&O has been recognised once again this year for its commitment to social mobility through its flagship Smart Start programme at the UK Social Mobility Awards 2017 – taking home ‘Community Programme of the Year’. We launched Smart Start in 2009 to provide high-quality work experience to young people from non-privileged backgrounds. Our aim has always […]

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More, more, more: PRIME Commitment reaffirmed with trio of tools

Wednesday 8 November 2017 The PRIME Board today presents a new and improved website experience for students, teachers, parents and members with the launch of www.primecommitment.co.uk. PRIME members have invested in improving the content, design, functionality and navigation of the website to provide greater information and support to all stakeholders and facilitate high quality work […]

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Contextual Recruitment System

We use a specially developed tool to help ensure that all participants in PRIME programmes come from less socially mobile backgrounds where access to the profession is particularly difficult. This means we can understand your achievements in the context of your personal circumstances and compare your application fairly with the benefit of more information. For […]

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Allen & Overy win Queen’s Award for Enterprise

2017 Winner of Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Promoting Opportunity through Social Mobility Allen & Overy has been awarded a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the category of Promoting Opportunity through Social Mobility, a new category for 2017. The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are presented to businesses for outstanding achievement; this award recognises the contribution […]

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