Allen & Overy is an international legal practice and a founding member of PRIME, the work experience commitment from the legal profession. PRIME aims to create an industry standard required to ensure fair access to quality work experience for school-age students across the UK from disadvantaged backgrounds.
As part of its PRIME commitment, every summer Allen & Overy gives 200 students from state schools access to a high-quality work experience programme – The Smart Start Experience.
Andrew Ballheimer, managing partner of Allen & Overy, commented: “It is an honour to receive this award in recognition of our efforts in this area. Social mobility continues to be high on our agenda; it is important to us that we are leading the way among the legal profession. Businesses need to play their part and work together to change the landscape and ensure that access and opportunities are there for everyone.”