Two law firms have joined forces to help talented young people from disadvantaged backgrounds forge a legal career. Higgs LLP and Gateley Legal are jointly supporting Birmingham Law Society’s Diversity Inclusion Scheme which was first launched in 2020.
The initiative, devised by Birmingham Law Society’s former President and Partner at Harrison Clark Rickerbys Inez Brown, sees law degree graduates from disadvantaged backgrounds or under-represented groups given the chance to secure a scholarship to complete their Legal Practice Course (LPC) at the University of Law’s Birmingham campus. Inez said: “I am so pleased that the scheme is now in its third year. It would not be possible without our university and legal partners”.
This year’s winner is Chandelle McFarlane, who recently graduated from the University of Law with First Class Honours.
As part of the scheme, Chandelle will also be offered a vacation scheme placement and mentoring support at both Higgs LLP and Gateley Legal.
Sharon Malhi, Senior Associate at Gateley said: “I’m honoured to be involved in the scheme which offers a fantastic opportunity to people who are often under-represented in the sector.”
Sophie Wardell, HR Director at Higgs LLP, said: “The Birmingham Law Society scheme aligns with Higgs LLP’s commitment to make the legal sector a vibrant, diverse and inclusive community.
“Opening up law to all and helping young people reach their potential without being limited by obstacles is crucial.
“Throughout the application process, Chandelle stood out as an outstanding candidate and we look forward to supporting her and following her progress throughout the LPC.”
Alice Kinder, Deputy Vice President of Birmingham Law Society confirms that the scheme will run again next year and intends to promote this with the University of Law in the new year.