Future First partner makes list of top 75 UK employers for social mobility

One of our longest-standing partners, law firm Taylor Wessing, has been recognised as a Top 75 Employer in the Social Mobility Employer Index, a list drawn up by the Social Mobility Foundation.

The Foundation, the leading authority on employer-led social mobility, has revealed its Index after evaluating best practice at over 200 companies.

Taylor Wessing Partner Paul Leamy said: ”We are delighted to have been recognised as a top 75 employer by the Social Mobility Foundation in its Social Mobility Employer Index 2021.

“This is an acknowledgment of our ongoing contribution to efforts to create a level playing field for all individuals, regardless of socio-economic background, to gain access to opportunities within the legal sector.

“Our partnership with Future First has been crucial to these efforts and we look forward to many more years working with this excellent charity to ensure that potential, ability and talent – not socio-economic background or schooling – determine a young person’s success.”

Taylor Wessing has been working with Future First for 11 years to offer young people unique career-building experiences and the chance to consider a legal career regardless of their background.

A determination for students across the country to have the chance to engage with relatable role models was behind the partnership’s latest initiative. It saw staff at the firm’s new Liverpool office take part in a series of workshops with students from local schools to develop their employability skills.

Following the events, all the students involved fed back that the sessions had left them feeling more confident about getting a job – a crucial ingredient in the current national ambition to level-up different regions.

Future First Chief Executive Lorraine Langham said: “I’m so pleased Taylor Wessing has received this thoroughly-deserved recognition from the Social Mobility Foundation. Their work with us has been crucial to showing thousands of young people that a good legal career is very much open to everyone with the right aptitude who is prepared to work hard.

“Britain has a deep social mobility problem and, together with employers like Taylor Wessing, Future First is working to change that.”