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Allen & Overy enters top 10 UK employers for social mobility

Allen & Overy has been ranked 24 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.

Social mobility is a strategic priority for the firm, and our ranking – which has improved for the third consecutive year – shows continued progress in this area.

In our commitment to improving social mobility, this year the firm announced the launch of its solicitor apprenticeship scheme, starting in September 2022 and its new global charity partner, Street Child.

A&O became one the first major firms to launch an apprenticeship programme for school leavers that leads to qualification as a solicitor in the UK. These legal apprenticeships offer an alternative route into the legal profession and will be key to ensuring law firms like A&O are open and accessible.

Launched in September 2021, the firm’s partnership with Street Child is focused on social mobility and aims to raise GBP1 million and also provide significant pro bono support to the charity, drawing on the skills of our legal and business teams from across the network.

Commenting on our latest ranking, Gareth Price, managing partner, said: “We are very proud to be recognised in the top 25 of the Social Mobility Employers Index. 

“We want A&O to be the destination for the best people, regardless of background. We know that there is still much more to be done in this area, but by proactively tackling what is often a silent and overlooked aspect of diversity, we are creating a workplace where potential and not background defines opportunities for success.”

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