Shoosmiths partners with Aspiring Solicitors to widen access to a career in law

Shoosmiths partners with Aspiring Solicitors to widen access to a career in law

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Author: Kara Shadbolt

National law firm Shoosmiths has announced its new partnership with Aspiring Solicitors, an organisation committed to ensuring that the most talented candidates with the greatest potential as lawyers maximise their chances of success.

Sarah Winship, diversity, inclusion & wellbeing manager at Shoosmiths, said: 'We recognise that accessing a career in law can be a challenge for many individuals, so we are committed to making positive changes to help candidates shine at each stage of their career.'

Chris White, Aspiring Solicitors founder, said: 'Having worked with Shoosmiths at a number of student employability events in the past, we are sure this partnership will prove beneficial in opening up the accessibility of legal careers to aspiring lawyers. The diversity and inclusion values at Shoosmiths mirror our own and we look forward to what this partnership will accomplish.'

Samantha Hope, Shoosmiths' graduate recruitment manager, added: 'We're excited to be building upon the success of more than 12 years CV blind interviewing at the graduate assessment centres, which removes the potential for bias on the grounds of gender, ethnicity or social background. Having recently dropped the academic entry requirements for a training contract we're not afraid to stand out from the crowd in order to attract the best possible talent.'

Shoosmiths and Aspiring Solicitors kicks off the partnership with an event in Shoosmiths' Birmingham office on the 28th November, where attendees will get the chance to learn more about a career in law, hear first-hand about other's experiences entering the profession and gain practical skills which will help them during the recruitment process.

Students can sign up to attend here.

This latest announcement follows the firm's recent success at the LawCareers.Net Training and Recruitment Awards where they received the 'Best Trainer' award 2016 for the fourth consecutive year in a row and a commendation for diversity in 2015.

For more information on work placements or training contracts at Shoosmiths please email joinus@shoosmiths.co.uk or tweet us at @ShoosmithsGrads.