Social mobility is as vital for the legal profession as it is for society, the Law Society of England and Wales said as it unveiled the third cohort of Solicitors for Social Mobility.
Law Society president Joe Egan said: “I am so proud to introduce the 2017 cohort of Law Society Social Mobility Ambassadors.
“The commitment of these solicitors is hugely inspiring, and I hope they will be beacons for anyone facing challenges in their journey to fulfil their ambitions for a career in the law.”
New Social Mobility Ambassador Julie Condliffe said: “When I arrived in this country, I knew no one. I remember a time when I had to sleep in a telephone booth with nowhere to go, and no one to tell…
“…Even when faced with difficulties, it was holding onto a belief in the possible and remembering the lesson of looking beyond my circumstances that enabled me to persevere and succeed.”
The ambassadors are a growing a network of solicitors who are passionate about social mobility, the profession and the law. They work with the Law Society and with schools, universities and non-profit organisations to promote social mobility in the legal profession.
Over the last three years Ambassadors have reached hundreds of budding solicitors and helped to inform their ambitions and find a way through the difficulties they may face.
Joe Egan concluded: “Solicitors’ firms make up nearly a third of organisations in the top 50 UK employers which have done the most to improve social mobility in the workplace in 2017. I urge all solicitor firms to build on this and consider how they can contribute to greater social mobility to the benefit of their business, society and the profession.
“Now more than ever it is our duty to support people from a wide range of backgrounds to join us.
"Our vision is of a profession in which all solicitors - present and aspiring - can be confident that talent, ability and application are rewarded irrespective of background, gender or ethnicity."
Notes to editors
Ten new solicitor ambassadors for social mobility have taken up their posts for 2017/2018.
Find out more about who they are and their extraordinary journeys
* Kevin O’Sullivan, Social Mobility Ambassador 2017
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