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18 January 2018

Charles Russell Speechlys announces partnership with Aspiring Solicitors

Charles Russell Speechlys has recently entered a partnership with Aspiring Solicitors to assist in providing mentoring and assistance in accessing the legal profession to students from underrepresented groups.

As part of the partnership, Charles Russell Speechlys will run a number of events for Aspiring Solicitors members over the next three years, aimed at helping students to understand the industry and apply and prepare for training contracts. The aim being to help the firm improve the diversity of the trainee intake and subsequently the wider legal profession.

Emma Bartlett, Partner at Charles Russell Speechlys, said: “We are very excited to launch this very important partnership. It is a great opportunity for individuals to experience a route into the legal profession and for us to find talented future lawyers. Charles Russell Speechlys have already demonstrated a commitment to diversity with previous initiatives and we hope this partnership will build on that work. It is so important for law firms to widen access to the industry and give everyone a chance, regardless of background".

Charles Russell Speechlys recently launched its Solicitor Apprenticeship Programme and recruited two solicitor apprentices for its London office, who started in September 2017. The programme is run in conjunction with the CILEx Law School and City Law School. The firm is also working with schools in the PRIME initiative and has already begun promoting the vacancies to schools.