Penningtons Manches is pleased to announce its partnership with the award winning Aspiring Solicitors, an organisation committed to increasing diversity in the legal profession.
Aspiring Solicitors, which was founded in 2013 by Chris White, targets individuals looking for a career in law through its three long term goals: to provide free access, opportunity and assistance to students from underrepresented groups; to educate and inform the next generation of the legal profession about the importance of diversity; and to promote and encourage diversity within the profession.
Diversity and inclusion plays a key part in Penningtons Manches’ growth strategy; the firm believes that a diverse workforce generates vitality within the business and helps support equal opportunity through all stages of recruitment and employment. It has a number of working groups focusing on different areas, led by several prominent partners.
The firm’s commitment in this area has been recognised through a number of recent achievements, including being awarded a gold practice standard for its latest Law Society Diversity and Inclusion Charter submission, climbing over 100 places in the latest Stonewall equality index rankings in recognition of improved LGBTQ+ equality and being shortlisted for AllAboutLaw’s Diversity and Inclusion Award.
The partnership with Aspiring Solicitors will include presentations from Chris White to Penningtons Manches employees and partners about the initiative, staff involvement in the Aspiring Solicitors professional ambassador programme, and hosting information days to offer an introduction to life at the firm.
Penningtons Manches’ HR director Andrea Law commented: "We are delighted to be partnering with Aspiring Solicitors and supporting its brilliant work in improving social mobility and diversity in the sector. Many bright, able individuals can be put off from pursuing a career in law because they believe their background will be a barrier – we are keen to show that is not the case."