Kingsley Napley signs Social Mobility Pledge
to improve access and equal opportunities
in the legal sector

19 February 2021

Kingsley Napley has signed up to the Social Mobility Pledge and we will be working alongside former Education Secretary Justine Greening and 14 other City of London Law Society (CLLS) member firms in the development of an Opportunity Action plan for the legal sector, which is aimed at boosting social mobility in the profession. 


As part of the initiative, the group will working closely with a number of universities, including Bradford, Staffordshire, Lincoln, York St John and Liverpool John Moores to create new and wider pathways from higher education into the legal sector. 

This collaboration is the Social Mobility Pledge’s first sector-wide initiative, creating a framework for leading law firms to work together on solutions that benefit the profession at large, leading to greater understanding and access. 

Commenting on our commitment to the Social Mobility Pledge, Stephen Parkinson, Vanessa Rhodes and Vicki Taverner said:

"For some years now, it has been one of our priorities to do all that we can to promote social mobility within the legal sector and so we are really pleased to be joining this initiative with the Law Society and other leading firms.  For too long, the legal profession has largely drawn from a narrow range of individuals.  Everyone has lost out: the talented potential lawyers who have not been given the opportunities that they deserve, the legal profession because we have deprived ourselves of that talent, and our clients because law firms that can draw on a broader range of backgrounds and perspectives offer a better service to their clients."

Stephen Parkinson, Senior Partner and BAME and LGBTQ Ally

“I am delighted that Kingsley Napley will be collaborating with the City of London Law Society and the Social Mobility Pledge to develop a plan for levelling up the sector. The effects of COVID-19 have only increased the barriers which disadvantaged young people face getting employment, so it is more important than ever to close the opportunity gap. Sector-wide initiatives such as this will increase our understanding of the issues and will enable us to ensure greater access to the profession.”

Vanessa Rhodes, Senior Associate and Co-chair of Kingsley Napley's Social Mobility Committee

“It is great to see social mobility within the legal sector being addressed in a meaningful way, through the hard work and collaboration of the City of London Law Society and Universities. Kingsley Napley are incredibly proud to be part of the ‘Levelling Up Law’ project – the first of it’s kind in any professional services sector and hope that we can contribute to making significant change in the future – to the way that we find, recruit, and retain our people.”

Vicki Tavener, HR Manager and a member of Kingsley Napley's Social Mobility Committee

Further information

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