Social Mobility

Bristol Law Society does not provide work-experience or internships, but we do help sign-post members to opportunities and help local firms to work together as they seek to remove barriers for those from a less privileged background and improve diversity and inclusion within their firms.

Law Society Social Mobility Ambassadors

The Law Society Social Mobility Ambassador Scheme promotes role models from non-traditional backgrounds who have achieved their ambitions and are willing to support their peers within the profession and prospective solicitors.

Bristol based, Karl Brown, now a partner at Clarke Willmott, became a Law Society Social Mobility Ambassador in 2016 and BLS ED&I Committee co-chair, Salma Maqsood, Partner at Barcan+Kirby, became a Law Society Social Mobility Ambassador in 2021.

Read about our Bristol Social Mobility Ambassadors here:

Early Careers Network

In 2022 the Bristol Legal community  joined forces to collaborate on a shared goal: improving access to careers in the legal sector. So far, 15 firms have joined a new Early Careers Network with the aim of collaborating on projects designed to improve social mobility in the sector.

In the summer of 2022, a group of firms ran a week long insight week for Y10 pupils, designed to give them hands-on, real life experience of working in law. The firms welcomed students from Downend School, Mangotsfield School, Bradley Stoke Community School and Brimsham Green School.

Students spent time at VWV, Bevan Brittan LLP, Michelmores, Clarke Willmott, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP and Foot Anstey LLP and also met with Ellen from The University of Law.

The week was a mixture of activities, legal exercises, employability and team building skills. Not only did students learn about a career in law, but also the array of other roles within the sector.

The ECN appeal is for other law firms to join them on this journey by collaborating on this hugely important mission. We must all take responsibility for inspiring the next generation in our sector and raise aspirations of young people in our communities.

If you’d like to join the network, please contact Sarah Cook, Samantha Lee or Ellen Marsh.

Resources & Websites

We love collaborating with others. If you have any websites, resources or events you would like us to share or collaborate on please get in touch by emailing