Law experience on offer to poorer young people

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SOUTH coast law firm Blake Lapthorn, which has offices in Portsmouth as well as Southampton, has become one of only 22 solicitors in the UK to launch an initiative to give work experience to young people from less well-off backgrounds.

It is called Prime, and offers the young people an insight into the range of careers available in the legal world and how to break into the profession.

Alistair Gray, HR and administration director at Blake Lapthorn, said: ‘We rely a great deal on our relationships with schools and colleges to recruit a number of modern apprentices each year.

‘Adapting our activities further to ensure we meet our commitment to Prime is something we are very keen to do.’

The target for the profession as a whole is to provide 2,500 Prime places across the UK by 2015.