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PRIME isn't just a word but a commitment

To show that we are serious about providing fair access to quality work experience, PRIME’s member firms sign up to nine promises, shown below:

PRIME Commitment #1

1.

Target work experience at school-age students who have the least opportunity to access it otherwise. We will work with recognised third party organisations to ensure the selection criteria continues to be the fairest way to identify such participants.

PRIME Commitment #2

2.

Support participants by providing financial assistance to ensure they can attend work experience. As a minimum we will provide refreshments and reimburse reasonable travel expenses.

PRIME Commitment #3

3.

Properly prepare participants in advance of work experience. We will give them practical information and preplacement activities where appropriate. We will ensure we are able to meet the diverse needs of participants.

PRIME Commitment #4

4.

Inform participants about the range of careers available in the legal profession and wider business (for lawyers and non-lawyers) and the potential routes into those careers, including the relevance of university education. We will ensure that participants understand the different types of roles and career paths that exist and give clear, honest information about the requirements for those. To support this we will adopt a partnership approach with other relevant organisations (e.g. universities and clients).

PRIME Commitment #5

5.

Develop in participants the key personal and business skills that are essential to entry into the legal profession and wider business world (e.g. team working, communication, presentation/impact, negotiation, networking).

PRIME Commitment #6

6.

Provide a way for participants to maintain contact with the firm after work experience has ended (e.g. through a structured mentoring programme or an annual reunion event).

PRIME Commitment #7

7.

Monitor on a firm by firm basis and share and publish best practice and data. Agree to fund and participate in an externally commissioned evaluation to develop and assure the quality of the commitments made under PRIME.

PRIME Commitment #8

8.

We will each provide a number of work experience places that is not less than 50% of the number of training contract places that we offer each year. Our headline target for the wider profession is 2,500 places by 2015.

PRIME Commitment #9

9.

Provide at least 30-35 hours of contact time per student (not necessarily on consecutive days).

Member firms
Farrer & Co
Digby Brown Solicitors
Bircham Dyson Bell
Stevens and Bolton
irwin mitchell
Allen & Overy
clyde and co
Fasken
quadrant
trethowens
weil
walker morris
weightmans
stephenson harwood
lewis silkin
travers smith
slater and gordon
sidley austin
reed smith
macfarlanes
dac beachcroft
joe egan
howard kennedy
holman fenwick
fladgate
Cooley
dwf
douglas jones
Arthur Cox
Charles Russell Speechlys LLP
berwin leighton paisner
brookstreet
bird and bird
Gowling WLG
baker and mckenzie
Pinsent Masons
CMS
Addleshaw
Brodies
Ashurst
Blake Morgan
Linklaters
Hogan Lovells
Herbert Smith
Sheppard and Wedderburn
Slaughter and May
skadden
anglo thai
sgh
arnold and porter
Trowers and Hamlins
Macklay murray
Freshfields
Norton Rose
DLA Piper
Clifford Chance
Bond Dickinson
burges salmon
burness paull
fbc
king and wood
mayer brown
nabas
olswang
osborne clark
simmons simmons
taylor wessing
withers