“I studied Law at the University of East Anglia. Upon graduating, I decided to spend a year volunteering full time with a charity focused on fostering social mobility, City Year UK. Following that, I interned at the Royal Household and worked for the International Development Select Committee at the House of Commons. I then studied the accelerated LPC and started my training contract with Herbert Smith Freehills. With qualification now fast approaching, I am proud to say that I have secured an offer to continue at the firm as a newly qualified associate.
Recognising diversity helps us all in understanding our differences and valuing what makes us unique. That should be important to everyone.
The work AS has done to diversify the pipeline of future lawyers is highly commendable and is why I consider it a privilege to support the organisation as one of its professional ambassadors.”
Kingsley Boateng, Trainee Solicitor at Herbert Smith Freehills
“At Herbert Smith Freehills we celebrate the differences that make us unique. We understand the importance of building a culture that reflects and embraces the diversity of our people, our clients and the communities in which we do business.
Embracing a diversity of backgrounds allows us to attract and retain the best talent. When our people bring their authentic selves to work and our teams harness diverse perspectives, we can provide the most considered and innovative advice to clients.
Our global Multiculturalism Network supports our commitment to driving racial and cultural diversity in the firm and the sector more broadly, and hosts religious and cultural celebrations throughout the year, such as for Africa Day, Chinese New Year, Ramadan and Black History Month.
We offer mentoring programmes for BAME future joiners and trainees and we have expanded on our relationship with Aspiring Solicitors to launch an industry-first mentoring scheme specifically for black students interested in a career in the law. We will also be participating in the Aspiring Solicitors Culture event.”
Olivia Ponton, Graduate Recruitment Manager at Herbert Smith Freehills