“I have been affiliated with Aspiring Solicitors for the last five years. My journey began by attending open days in my first year of university, I became a student ambassador in my second year and more recently I was a full time Junior Officer on the AS team prior to starting my GDL.
AS has helped me greatly, through mentoring, application support and work experience opportunities. As somebody who didn’t have any legal experience, AS provided me with the confidence and the skills required to get a training contract. The Aspiring Solicitors vacation scheme and training contract HeadStart sessions were essential to my success. The quality of information on appropriate behaviours and how to react in certain situations gave me the knowledge and confidence I needed. Having previously worked as a Diversity Officer at Elevation Networks and as a school governor, I remain a keen advocate for diversity. Whilst I believe good work is being done, the sheer lack of diversity in the legal profession demonstrates to me that there is a long way to go.”
Daniel Akinbisehin, Future Trainee Solicitor at Gowling WLG
“Gowling WLG are committed to diversity through many means. They engage with external networks such as the Law Society, the Black Solicitors Network and Interlaw BAME who are invaluable sources of knowledge. They also celebrate and communicate key festivals and events like Black History Month. Gowling WLG run an award-winning Legal Social Mobility Programme that gives students work experience in clients’ organisations. In addition, they have a number of active employee networks focused on gender, BAME, disability, LGBT and families.”
Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Gowling WLG