New Chair to Take the Reins of PRIME

14 October 2015 - Hogan Lovells' Chair Nicholas Cheffings will succeed Allen & Overy senior partner David Morley as chairman of PRIME next year.

Announced in a letter to PRIME members today, the appointment will take effect from 1 May 2016, following David's retirement on 30 April when his second term as senior partner ends.

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. Since its establishment in September 2011 it has provided high quality work experience to almost 4,000 young people, significantly exceeding the target of 2,500 by 2015.

Allen & Overy and Hogan Lovells formed part of the group of 22 founding law firms. Member firms now number 89.

All have pledged 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 student and a commitment to developing key business and personal skills in areas such as oral and written presentation, networking and negotiation.

David Morley, senior partner at Allen & Overy and chairman of PRIME, said:
"Through collaboration across the legal profession, PRIME has instigated real change in the legal sector’s approach to opening up access to this world. We have made strong progress in the last four years, exceeding our target and increasing membership from 22 to 89 firms.

"However, it’s obvious that there is still work to be done. The next stage of the process is an evaluation of how far we’ve come, and how we can convert this strong foundation into the reality of a more diverse workforce. This will be the theme of the PRIME conference on 25 November and I’m looking forward to hearing ideas from across the profession and developing a clear action plan from there. As I depart Allen & Overy I hand the reins to Nicholas, who I am certain will drive the commitment and initiative forward with enthusiasm."

Nicholas Cheffings, Chair of Hogan Lovells, added:
"David was a driving force behind PRIME and he has done a fantastic job chairing PRIME since its inception, quadrupling membership. I hope I can continue his legacy and encourage many more firms, and indeed in-house colleagues, to join us in this shared goal."

The full list of member firms can be found here:

For more information about PRIME, please visit

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