We’re delighted to partner with Aspiring Solicitors as part of our drive to increase diversity in the legal industry.
Aspiring Solicitors, which was set up in 2013, works with law firms and legal teams to provide events, mentoring, competitions, employability assistance and access to the legal profession.
Our involvement means we will have greater exposure to a wider range of diverse training contract applications, assisting aspiring solicitors to achieve their potential. We will also take part in mentoring and work experience schemes specifically designed to support students from under-privileged backgrounds hoping to move into the legal profession.
As part of the training contract process Aspiring Solicitors will be recommending up to 20 candidates for a training contract interview with us, to commence in 2020 and 2021.
We will cover travel expenses of up to £75 for interviews and offer training sponsorship for both the GDL and LPC and maintenance grants (£6,000 per course).
Technology, Media and Entertainment partner and Diversity co-head Sarah Lazarides said: “We are very excited to team up with Aspiring Solicitors, an organisation which has been working to improve diversity and inclusion in the legal industry for over a decade.
“Although Harbottle & Lewis is a welcoming and inclusive place to work, it remains the case that most lawyers in the legal profession come from very similar backgrounds. It’s our responsibility to work to change that and to ensure that the legal profession is as diverse as our clients. The best place to start is with our trainees.
“We are committed to helping young people from low income families and from minority backgrounds to find their place in the profession and to be supported to become happy and successful lawyers.
“If certain groups of people feel that they can’t come into the industry then we’re simply missing out on some really good talent, and that has got to change.”
If you would like to find out more about Aspiring Solicitors, you can visit the website here.
You can also read our Chambers Student profile here.