Feb 19 2018 | 3 min read

Removing the Barriers to Social Mobility: PRIME Conference 2018

PRIME seeks to counter historical practices of granting work experience placements to family members, and the children of clients and other colleagues. There is now a recognition that these practices imposed a barrier for young people who did not have the advantage of family connections, reinforcing both the perception and reality of the legal profession…

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Feb 19 2018 | 3 min read

From next door neighbour to trainee: Orin Begum’s Pathway to law

Orin Begum’s path to law was unconventional – and her experience shows what a difference PRIME can make to talented young people who may never even have considered the legal profession. Currently in her first year of a training contract with Clifford Chance, Orin tells us her story, what attracted her to law and how…

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Feb 16 2018 | 3 min read

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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Feb 15 2018 | 3 min read

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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Feb 14 2018 | 3 min read

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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Feb 13 2018 | 3 min read

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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Feb 12 2018 | 4 min read

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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Nov 16 2017 | 4 min read

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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Nov 13 2017 | 3 min read

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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Nov 8 2017 | 2 min read

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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