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In recent years, the UK’s legal sector has taken steps to increase diversity by making it easier for individuals from all backgrounds to pursue a career in the law. One way of encouraging talented youngsters is to highlight successful lawyers from their own community who were also educated in the state sector.
Here at Canter Levin & Berg Solicitors we are therefore delighted to support a new initiative called State School Lawyers which features such individuals. One example is Brenda Hale from Richmond in Yorkshire whose career has seen her become Lady Hale of Richmond and the only female judge sitting on the Supreme Court of the UK. Another is Helena Kennedy QC who grew up in a Glasgow tenement and is now a top lawyer, an active Member of the House of Lords and a well-known TV personality.
State School Lawyers will shortly be launched by a network of teachers and law firms known as the Schools Law Web. For the past ten years the growing network has introduced pupils throughout the UK to many aspects of the legal system. The new project will not only focus on high-profile individuals. It will also feature lawyers who grew up in different parts of the UK, come from a variety of backgrounds and now hold a wide range of posts within the legal community. A number of young lawyers will also be included to help the project connect with students who may soon be embarking on the first stage of their own legal careers.
As a long-standing member of the Schools Law Web and with all of our partners having been educated in state schools, here at Canter Levin & Berg we are pleased to lend our support to this latest move to encourage diversity within the legal profession.
The Director of the Schools Law Web, Patrick Gaffney, thanked us for our participation in the scheme, saying: “It is the vital backing of our member law firms which allows us to make a difference in schools. I am extremely grateful to the firm for its valuable support.”