Law firm gives deprived kids a crack at business world

A TOP international legal practice has been giving kids from London’s deprived East End an insight into the world of business. A programme run by Allen & Overy had 100 schoolkids aged 16 and 17 taking part at the firm’s Bishops Square headquarters behind Liverpool Street station

By Mike Brooke

A TOP international legal practice has been giving kids from London's deprived East End an insight into the world of business.

A programme run by Allen & Overy had 100 schoolkids aged 16 and 17 taking part at the firm's Bishops Square headquarters behind Liverpool Street station in The City.

"We're trying to create a more 'level playing field' so youngsters from all backgrounds have a chance to get a foot into the business world," said senior partner David Morley. "It gives them a chance they might not otherwise have."

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He added: "We wanted to encourage the bright, enthusiastic kids, not just the straight 'A' students."

The youngsters took part in sessions learning how to improve their personal impact, how to debate, and how to work in a team.

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The sessions also included how to present a legal defence and a business 'game' where they had to negotiate the sale of a fictional football club.

The scheme comes as the Government task force looking into social mobility is due to report this month on improving ways into professions traditionally seen as socially exclusive.

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