Sep 3 2020 | 4 min read

Ensuring continuity for students during COVID-19: Moving to a virtual work experience programme

At a time when lockdown restrictions caused by COVID-19 stripped young people of many opportunities, many PRIME member firms moved their programmes online, ensuring that students didn’t miss out on the opportunity. Here, Ella Blakesley, Social Impact Manager at Ashurst LLP, shares why it was so important to continue their work experience programme and some…

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Aug 3 2020 | 1 min read

Why is Work Experience So Important?

ReImagine LAW is a podcast about legal education to help students navigate an increasingly complex set of career path choices, and build the mind-set of being a life-long learner. We’re here to promote innovative education, and diverse workforces by democratising access to career advice from both experts and current students alike. In this episode, PRIME…

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Jul 22 2020 | 4 min read

Digital Workshops to Help the Underrepresented Pursue a Career in the Legal Sector

Following a competitive tender process, PRIME has commissioned MyKindaFuture, the overlooked talent specialist, to deliver a series of digital workshops for students from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds across the UK this autumn. This follows a successful pilot that PRIME undertook last year, involving member firms Brodies, DWF, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Pinsent Masons, along with support…

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Jul 9 2020 | 1 min read

Zero Gravity

PRIME have partnered with Zero Gravity, a digital app that connects talented students from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds with existing undergraduates in one-to-one video-mentoring sessions. Zero Gravity share our belief that someone’s background should never be a barrier to achieving their potential. As a member firm, if you don’t already have support for students applying to…

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Apr 29 2020 | 1 min read

Theory of Change

As a charity dedicated to social mobility, we have been focussing on increasing our impact. To ensure that we are helping the young people who need it most we have looked at our criteria and made them consistent across all member firms. To ensure that we have clarity about what we aim to achieve, we…

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Mar 25 2020 | 1 min read

COVID-19 Update

In line with government guidance, many PRIME member firms have made the decision not to run face-to-face programmes for the time being. Everyone involved with PRIME takes the wellbeing of all those involved in our work experience extremely seriously. If your PRIME work experience programme is affected by the current COVID-19 situation, the relevant member…

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Mar 4 2020 | 2 min read

Talent is everywhere, opportunity is not.

Katie Faulds, of Crasner Consulting, has written an inspiring article looking at the current state of social mobility within law firms and how it has improved over time. Whilst there is much more still to be done, the legal profession is certainly trying to make a difference and we are proud that over 60 law…

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Feb 19 2020 | 3 min read

PRIME bids farewell to two Board members and welcomes new representatives

PRIME are pleased to announce that with the departure of long-serving Board members, Binda Patel and Annette Byron, it broadens representation as it welcomes new members. This week, Binda Patel from The Sutton Trust, stands down as a member of the Board after three years.“It has been an honour to represent the Sutton Trust and…

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Oct 9 2019 | 1 min read

20 PRIME members listed in the Top 75 employers for social mobility

We are proud to see 20 of our PRIME members listed in the Top 75 employers for social mobility revealed yesterday in the Social Mobility Index. PRIME Chariman, Nicholas Cheffings, says “There is much more still to be done but the legal profession is certainly trying to make a difference”. Congratulations to Baker McKenzie, Linklaters,…

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Jun 17 2019 | 1 min read

Anne Spackman Joins the PRIME Board

PRIME Commitment is pleased to announce that Anne Spackman, CEO of Career Ready has joined the board. Leading team of 50+ staff delivering careers and employability programmes in 10% of UK secondary schools; she has overseen ten-fold increase in young people from lower socio-economic backgrounds developing the skills and attitudes necessary for career success. “Working…

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Jun 3 2019 | 1 min read

I valued the relationship I built with my mentor

In this short video, students Ellie and Haaris explain why they would recommend taking part in PRIME based on their experience with Shepherd and Wedderburn. They are joined by partner Neil Maclean and solicitor Rebecca Nicholson, who talk about how relationships forged through PRIME help both students and lawyers alike. Click here for more on…

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Jun 3 2019 | 3 min read

After this breath-taking week, I now have my mind set on Law

“At Irwin Mitchell, we regard social mobility initiatives as not only the right thing to do from a social justice perspective but business critical, to make sure that we have a diverse and inclusive team of lawyers reflecting the wide demographic of our clients. Our internal listening group, IMAspiring, does a fantastic job each year…

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May 23 2019 | 2 min read

The State of the Nation report by Sandra Wallace

One of the outputs being worked on by the Commissioners is an employer toolkit, as employers often ask how they can improve their efforts and, make clear that, practical guidance would really assist.  As a new commissioner at the Social Mobility Commission I was delighted to be part of the launch of its State of…

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May 23 2019 | 1 min read

Making Links Scholars – Hope’s Story

Making Links Scholars is designed to help talented university students from low-income backgrounds succeed in their early careers. Making Links Scholars will receive valuable coaching, mentoring, direct work experience and £6,000 in financial support. This isn’t just an opportunity to gain an insight into commercial law – it’s a chance to make a difference in…

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May 20 2019 | 4 min read

Our first PRIME week in Glasgow by Catriona Smith

We had the great privilege of demonstrating our “Expert Hand, Human Touch” in the Glasgow office this Easter by accommodating eleven high school pupils from seven different schools across the Glasgow area. We wanted the experience to be fulfilling, we wanted it to be enjoyable and we wanted to shed the legal system in a…

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May 16 2019 | 1 min read

My PRIME Week by future lawyer Bashirat Oladele

The four days were so interactive and there were endless opportunities for networking with trainees which gave me the opportunity to learn more about life in commercial law. Whilst there, I learned more about practice areas such as corporate and finance. I would like to thank Jackie Trench for facilitating an amazing four days and…

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May 16 2019 | 2 min read

Schools Challenge is a first step in new social mobility approach

The Schools Challenge, which concluded on Monday 29 April, was designed to give UK state-school students currently completing A-Levels (or equivalent) the opportunity to develop skills they need to become the commercial lawyers of the future, whilst also winning prizes for their school and themselves. As part of a new social mobility recruitment initiative, PRIME…

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Mar 20 2019 | 3 min read

Burges Salmon has Worked with over 750 Young People in Local Schools

In order to help young people gain some professional work experience, and to deepen their understanding of a potential career in law, Burges Salmon has stayed committed to its bespoke work experience programme ‘Bright Sparks’ which has been run annually since 2013. “Bright Sparks definitely sparked my interest in studying law at university. It was…

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Mar 14 2019 | 2 min read

Gowling WLG’s PRIME Week

PRIME week at Gowling WLG is a highlight in their corporate responsibility calendar and PRIME 2019 was no exception. The firm welcomed ten bright and engaging local Birmingham year 12 students who spent the week shadowing trainees and legal apprentices, receiving hands on legal work experience from a variety of legal departments. The work experience…

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Feb 6 2019 | 1 min read

Muhammad’s Route to Law at BCLP

Muhammad Gangat, a PRIME and Aspiring Solicitors alum shared what he learned from both programmes to secure a training contract at law firm BCLP. As an added bonus learn his top tip for making conversation in corporate networking events; here’s a clue it involves a well known football club and cufflinks. If you’re interested in…

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Feb 4 2019 | 8 min read

Clear out the stigmas and stereotypes. Reap the return on your investment.

A research study by the Social Mobility Pledge has reported that 60% of workers aged 35 to 64 believe economically disadvantaged people in the generation below them have a harder time progressing in their careers than those from the generation above. Put another way, they believe that young people today face a “class ceiling” in attempting…

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Aug 27 2020 | 3 min read

Norton Rose Fulbright

Every year we collaborate with a corporate client so that our PRIME cohort has the opportunity to spend a day with members of an in-house legal team. The collaboration is based on our shared objective of inspiring young people and providing opportunities to those most in need. These collaborations complement their week by providing an…

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