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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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 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 | 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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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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Jan 23 2019 | 3 min read

A Herbert Smith Freehills and BP PRIME Partnership

“Addressing social mobility in the legal profession is something that no law firm can do alone. I am delighted that Herbert Smith Freehills and BP are working together to change lives through a collaborative project by ensuring the next generation is aware of the range of careers on offer within law firms and the qualities…

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