Social mobility "provides the very building blocks for a more diverse profession"
It is vital the legal profession reflects the diversity of the society it represents, the Law Society of England and Wales said as it unveiled its fourth cohort of social mobility ambassadors.
Law Society president David Greene said: “I am delighted to introduce the new cohort of Law Society social mobility ambassadors."
“All of our social mobility ambassadors are hugely inspiring and have their own unique stories about their route into the law. I hope their journeys will inspire aspiring solicitors and encourage greater social mobility in the profession.”
New social mobility ambassador Qalid Mohamed arrived in the UK aged 11 from Somalia with no knowledge of the English language, having had no prior formal education.
Speaking about his appointment as a Law Society social mobility ambassador, Qalid said: "I hope by sharing my story that I can encourage others to appreciate that they too can realise their potential, regardless of their background or their schooling.”
Our social mobility ambassadors are a growing 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 past several years, our ambassadors have reached hundreds of budding solicitors to help them find a way through any difficulties they may face.
David Greene added: “Solicitors firms and legal businesses make up nearly a third of organisations in the Social Mobility Index’s 2020 list of the top 75 UK employers.* I urge all firms and legal businesses to build on this momentum and consider how they can create a more diverse workforce.
“For our sector to thrive, we need talented individuals from diverse backgrounds. The law offers a highly rewarding career path and any aspiring solicitor should be able to access and progress in the profession – regardless of their socio-economic background.”
Notes to editors
Quote in title from social mobility ambassador Prisca Wharton
13 new solicitor ambassadors have taken up their posts until 2022 – find out more
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