Ask an ambassador: progression

In this second episode of our ask an ambassador podcast series, Shameem, Sam and Alice discuss progression, and the challenges and opportunities that exist for people from lower socio-economic backgrounds trying to achieve partnership in the legal profession.

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Our hosts explore the impact of bias and discrimination in promotion, and how organisations and the sector can work to create more transparent policies, and embed real inclusion.

In September 2020, leading research consultancy the Bridge Group conducted research into obtaining partnership through a socio-economic lens.

Join us, and the Bridge Group, at an upcoming free, virtual event on Tuesday 13 July to discuss progression through a social mobility lens.

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Find out how to make positive and practical change for better socio-economic diversity and inclusion by taking a look at the Social Mobility Commission's toolkit.


Sam Butler (he/him)Sam Butler

Sam is a social mobility ambassador for the Law Society, serving a two-year term. Having trained and qualified as an employment solicitor at international law firm DLA Piper, Sam moved in-house to the legal team of the University of Manchester.

Before entering law, Sam studied a history degree and was twice elected president of his student union. He studied his GDL and MSc in business, law and management at the University of Law in Bristol.

Sam has continued to contribute to the higher education sector, sitting on boards and committees for the University of Law, NUS Services Limited, and the University of Liverpool.

Shameem Ahmad (she/her)Shameem Ahmad

Shameem is from Bolton and grew up on benefits. She is now an associate at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, specialising in public law and human rights.

She has worked at the UN, in government, in the NGO space and in the city. She is a former board member of the human rights organisation, Liberty, and remains on its policy council.

Shameem is a trustee of EachOther, a UK-focused charity that uses independent journalism and filmmaking to tell stories of ordinary people affected by human rights issues. She was appointed as a social mobility ambassador for the Law Society in 2021. She enjoys reading in her spare time.

Alice Kinder (she/her)Alice Kinder

Alice has an active role in the Birmingham legal community. She is chair of the Birmingham Law Society Social Mobility Sub-Committee, and also sits on the Birmingham Law Society Council and Equality and Diversity Committee.

Alice became a social mobility ambassador for the Law Society in 2021.

Listen to the first episode in this podcast series

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