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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Jan 11 2019 | 2 min read

The Difference a Year Makes to a PRIME Graduate

With 2019 just beginning, I’ve been reflecting on the past year and all that I have achieved. When I completed my Brodies’ summer placement application at the end of 2017, little did I realise it would result in me being offered a traineeship with the firm in 2020. I feel incredibly proud and lucky to…

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Jan 3 2019 | 1 min read

Becoming a Legal Apprentice at Weightmans LLP

PRIME alumnus and ‘Higher Degree Apprentice of the Year‘ Jordan Coulton shares insight into his role including: His route to becoming an apprentice His experience so far and projects he’s been involved with Plans for the future Advice for anyone who would like to become a legal apprentice Click here to find PRIME work experience…

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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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Oct 1 2018 | 1 min read

Breaking Down Barriers: PRIME Alumni Stories from Clifford Chance

Watch our PRIME alumni that have gone on to secure training contracts with Clifford Chance. They share their fears, aspirations, and experiences to bring to life the importance of the firm’s widening access programme. If you are in year 12 or 13 and think you have the drive and motivation needed for a career in…

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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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