Barclays Legal and Business Skills Volunteering Events

In conjunction with Barclays, our London office designed and co-delivered two bespoke legal and business skills events for secondary school children aged 11 to 16. Combined, these events involved 26 volunteers from Barclays and Hogan Lovells. The volunteers either participated in the networking skills practical session, helped to facilitate the students' preparation, or acted as panelists to judge the winning team.

The events included networking skills lessons and an "X Factor"-style negotiation workshop. The aim of the sessions was to provide students with the opportunity to develop the skills needed to succeed in the business and legal sector. They took part in practical activities to develop networking, negotiation, communication, and teamwork skills. Volunteer lawyers from Hogan Lovells and Barclays provided feedback and advice as well as interesting insights into their own careers.

Through the negotiation workshop, the students gain experience in dealing with unfamiliar issues and develop confidence in expressing their ideas in a logical, analytical, and objective way - all vital preparation for both university and job interviews.

In addition, the London office created and co-hosted a Legal Skills Day with Barclays and Aspiring Solicitors. The full-day event attracted more than 350 student applications via Aspiring Solicitors. The event was part of Barclays' bankwide Make a Difference Day campaign, which aims to help 5 million young futures achieve their ambitions, and has helped us to formalize our Citizenship connections with our strategically important client. The students take on a broad variety of tasks, each aimed at developing skills needed for life as a successful lawyer.

Hogan Lovells Chair, Nicholas Cheffings, said before the event: "This is a very important event - for a client that is very important to this firm and for the students attending the course who might otherwise not get an opportunity to enter our profession. That makes it very important to us. We support Aspiring Solicitors because we want to help them make a difference."

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