15 August 2012 at 11:39 BST

Senior lawyers take reins of diversity scheme

The senior partner at one of the world's biggest law firms is to chair a new board overseeing a high-profile legal profession social mobility programme.

David Morley: an eye on diversity

David Morley: an eye on diversity

David Morley of London-based magic circle firm Allen & Overy will head a group aiming to ensure that member firms of the PRIME initiative are meeting their corporate social responsibility goals.
The wider programme was launched nearly a year ago with the aim of its more than 80 member firms being to offer work experience placements equal to half their annual trainee intake to disadvantaged 14 to 18-year-olds.

Educational charity

London-based newspaper Legal Week reports that the six-member board includes five senior lawyers from top UK law firms. Alongside Mr Morley are Addleshaw Goddard senior partner Monica Burch, CMS Cameron McKenna senior partner Dick Tyler, DLA Piper board member Janet Legrand and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer head of corporate finance Barry O’Brien.
The board is rounded out by James Turner, director of programmes and partnerships at educational charity The Sutton Trust.
PRIME is managed by Allen & Overy diversity manager Jane Masey. The firm was among the founders of the initiative, which also included magic circle counterparts Clifford Chance, Slaughter and May, Freshfields and Linklaters, as well as Herbert Smith, Hogan Lovells and Norton Rose.


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