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Allen & Overy among the top 30 UK employers for social mobility

11 November 2020

Allen & Overy has been ranked 28 in the Social Mobility Employers Index, a bench-marking initiative that ranks employers on the actions they are taking to ensure they are open to accessing and progressing talent from all backgrounds. 

A&O’s ranking shows continued progress in the area of social mobility, particularly during a difficult period where many of those from lower socio-economic backgrounds have been affected disproportionately by Covid-19. 

The law firm has made social mobility a strategic priority and was one of ten law firms to participate in a research project with the Bridge Group looking at how those from lower socio-economic backgrounds progress to partnership. 

Additionally, during the lockdown period, A&O has continued to deliver two of their key programmes for students, Smart Start and A&O Accelerate. For the first time, Smart Start was delivered virtually with many elements of the programme adapted and moved online providing students access to 27 virtual workshops equating to 35 hours of learning. A new Smart Start portal was created to ensure the programme was accessible to everyone. 

Mark Mansell, Partner and Chair of the Social Mobility Working Group commented: “We are very proud that we have been recognised in the top 30 of the Social Mobility Employers Index and that in trying circumstances, we were still able to offer support to students through our dedicated programmes.

“We know that there is still much more to be done in this area. By engaging with our staff and organisations that focus on social mobility, we gain a better understanding of the issues and identify what more we can do to address them. As a firm, we are committed to ensuring that in all aspects, we have a diverse and inclusive work force.”