Hogan Lovells Co-Founds Social Inclusion Initiative PRIME
10 September 2011
LONDON, 10 September 2011 - Hogan Lovells is one of 23 founding law firms of a new social inclusion initiative called PRIME that launched today.
PRIME is a profession-wide initiative that aims to provide fair access to work experience in the legal sector for school-age students from less privileged backgrounds.
Supported by the Law Societies of England and Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland and the Sutton Trust, PRIME commits firms to provide quality work experience which gives an understanding of the range of careers available in the legal profession and the potential routes into those careers.
Member firms agree to provide work experience places that meet a series of minimum standards including providing a number of places that is not less than 50% of the number of training contracts offered each year. Placements must include at least 30-35 hours of work experience per place and a commitment to developing key business and personal skills in areas such as oral and written presentation, networking and negotiation.
The target for the profession is to provide 2,500 places by 2015, with firms who have already signed up having to achieve their own individual target by July 2013. Firms must offer a way to maintain contact after work experience has ended as well as provide financial assistance during the programme.
Ruth Grant, partner and Co-Chair of Hogan Lovells' Worldwide Diversity Committee, said:
"We are pleased to be among the firms leading this important initiative as part of our commitment to diversity. We aim to recruit the most talented individuals regardless of social background but appreciate that for some students from less privileged backgrounds entering the profession is becoming increasingly difficult. Co-founding PRIME is one of the ways in which we are seeking to combat this barrier and I hope many more firms join us in this shared goal."
Hogan Lovells has a comprehensive strategy to enhance diversity and ensure an inclusive working environment, which means commitment to:
- recruit, nurture, develop and advance the most talented law students, graduates, lawyers and support personnel
- engage all members of Hogan Lovells with its diversity agenda and integrate diversity and inclusiveness into all activities
- ensure workplace policies and processes are inclusive and designed to promote a high-performance culture that values individual contribution, teamwork, innovation and productivity.
The founding members of PRIME are: Addleshaw Goddard, Allen & Overy, Arthur Cox, Ashurst, Blake Lapthorn, Brodies, Clifford Chance, CMS Cameron McKenna, Dickinson Dees, DLA Piper, Dundas & Wilson, Eversheds, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Herbert Smith, Hogan Lovells, Linklaters, Maclay, Murray & Spens, McGrigors, Norton Rose, Pinsent Masons, Shepherd & Wedderburn, Slaughter and May, and Trowers & Hamlins.
For more information about PRIME, please visit www.primecommitment.org
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