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Eversheds Sutherland scores highly on Social Mobility Index 2018

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    Eversheds Sutherland has risen to 23rd place in the Social Mobility Employer Index 2018, up from 29th in 2017.

    The Social Mobility Employer Index, produced by the Social Mobility Foundation - in partnership with its sponsor the City of London Corporation - ranks the UK’s employers on the actions they are taking to ensure they are open to accessing and progressing talent from all backgrounds.

    The Index assesses employers across seven areas, including the work they do with young people, their recruitment and selection processes and how people from lower income backgrounds progress within their organisations.

    David Watkins, Eversheds Sutherland’s Co-Head of Global Real Estate and Planning, Charitable Trust trustee and Unlocked programme sponsor comments:

    “I am delighted that we have retained our position in the top 50 employers most committed to social mobility in the UK Index, published by the Social Mobility Foundation today. This reflects the commitment and hard work of colleagues across the firm in supporting students on our Unlocked programme. Our aim is to see these students succeed in their ambition to study law at university and become trainees and solicitors in our business.”

    Eversheds Sutherland’s entry reflected the ongoing support to its Unlocked programme, financial support provided by its charitable trust to students with the provision of bursaries to cover students’ university costs, and being the first law firm to launch an apprenticeship programme.

    Lorraine Kilborn, HR Director, Eversheds Sutherland (International) comments:

    “Our commitment to developing a modern, global professional services workforce, in all its diversity, is a key goal of our business. The practical experience provided by our Unlocked programme of life in a law firm, and the ongoing mentoring from partners and associates is making a significant difference to a rolling cohort of talented young people, who may not have previously had access to a career in law. We are extremely proud that our action on social mobility in the workplace has once again been recognised with our inclusion in its Index by the Social Mobility Foundation.”

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    Notes to editors:

    The Social Mobility Employer Index 2018:

    Over 100 employers from 18 sectors, who collectively employ over one million people, entered the 2018 Index. Entrants included banks, law firms, Government departments, engineering firms, retail firms and technology companies.


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