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Social mobility means providing or facilitating equal opportunities for people to succeed academically and professionally, regardless of their socio-economic background. It means we can attract and retain the best talent, and ensure we have an inclusive workplace that enjoys and learns from different perspectives and ideas. More broadly, social mobility contributes to a more cohesive and fairer society.

PRIME is a sector-wide collaboration that enables improved access to the legal profession through participating firms enabling activities such as work experience. We fulfil our ‘PRIME Commitment’ through several strands of activity, including our Working with Schools programme, blind and contextual recruitment practices, engagement beyond Russell Group universities, and legal and business professional apprenticeships.

We participate in the Social Mobility Employer Index to keep track of our performance and ensure continuous improvement. We are also founding members of the Social Mobility Business Partnership and signatories of the Social Mobility Pledge.

Working with Schools

We offer Law Information Days as well as Bright Sparks Work Experience for students aged 14-18. Our Working with Schools programme is aimed primarily at students in state schools and those from less advantaged backgrounds.

A number of our key external collaborations are with local schools and not-for-profit organisations: Teach First, Ablaze, Envision, Into University, Business in The Community, Careers Coach, Raising Aspirations and the Social Mobility Business Partnership.

Through our ‘Working with Schools’ programme we deliver a range of activities to offer an insight into the world of work, to build confidence, to develop employability skills and to promote careers in the legal sector.

We also provide volunteers to work with younger primary school children as both number partners and reading buddies in local schools.