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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Dec 14 2018 | 4 min read

PRIME’s Progress Blog – December 2018

Year end is a time of reflection, and with the Board having recently extended my term as Chair for a further three years, effective from 1 May 2019. I have been reviewing with pride the enormous progress PRIME has made over the past two and a half years. I am very pleased to be able…

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Nov 29 2018 | 1 min read

Gibson Dunn Win Best Work Placement

Congratulations to PRIME member firm Gibson Dunn, winner of this year’s LawCareers.Net award for ‘Best work placement scheme – City firm’. Clementine Hollyer, second-seat trainee, was attracted to the firm’s scheme for a variety of reasons, as she explains: “I was keen to learn more about US firms; having done some work experience at a…

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Nov 15 2018 | 3 min read

PRIME welcomes appointment of three new Board members

PRIME, an alliance of law firms across the UK committed to improving access to the legal profession through work experience, is pleased to announce that it has appointed Kathryn Davies, Sarah Macdonald and David Ampaw to its Board, effective immediately. The Board has also voted to extend the term of current Chair Nicholas Cheffings for…

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Oct 26 2018 | 3 min read

Pathways to Law Participants are Four Times More likely to Accept a Place at a Leading University

To coincide with The Sutton Trust’s first Student Destinations report on 25 October, we are pleased to share a guest blog from Laura Bruce, Acting Head of Programmes and Partnerships, demonstrating the impact of The Sutton Trust’s Pathways to Law programme. Founded in 2006, Pathways to Law is the Trust’s flagship access to the professions programme…

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Sep 28 2018 | 1 min read

New Bridge Group Research

The Bridge Group, in collaboration with eight global law firms (many of which are PRIME members) and the Sutton Trust, today launched the first ever study on the correlation between background characteristics and early career progression in the legal profession. PRIME chair Nicholas Cheffings shared : “Important and thought provoking report by the Bridge Group today…

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Mar 15 2018 | 1 min read

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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Feb 20 2018 | 4 min read

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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