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Brachers joins social mobility project breaking down barriers to law
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Brachers is proud to be participating in a new project by the Purpose Coalition aimed at improving social mobility within the UK’s legal profession.
The project, Breaking down barriers to law, will bring law firms together to look at how meaningful change can be achieved across the profession. It will focus on regional law firms, like Brachers, in recognition of the key role they play in helping to provide equal opportunities for all.
Participating law firms will take part in a series of workshops which will focus on outreach, access, recruitment and progression. A final session will present a plan of action to member law firms, featuring analysis of the challenges faced by the legal sector as well as case studies of best practice. It will also include a comprehensive set of recommendations for the legal sector and law firms that can boost social mobility and widen diversity and inclusion, all aligned with the four key themes.
Speaking at the launch of the project, Chair of the Purpose Coalition and former Education Secretary, Rt Hon Justine Greening, said: “The law sector is still too often seen as a profession for those who went to the right schools and universities and who have friends or family who can give them a helping hand to get in and get on…”
Greening added: “Many law firms are already doing fantastic work to deliver equality of opportunity and this project will be looking at their best practice and seeing how it can become the sector norm. Society now has much higher expectations of how businesses should operate and it is increasingly the case that those that demonstrate the most effective social impact will attract the largest talent pool…
“I am looking forward to working with participating law firms on this new project to develop a strategic and countrywide approach to embedding social mobility in the legal sector and playing a proactive part in boosting opportunity.”
Michelle Perry, Brachers’ Director of Human Resources said: “it’s a privilege to be part of such a worthwhile project. We look forward to working with the Purpose Coalition and like-minded law firms to break down social mobility barriers, helping to ensure anyone with talent and determinate can pursue a rewarding career in the legal sector.”
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