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Diversity Access Schemes

Business Compact

In April 2011 a government-initiated, social mobility initiative entitled "Opening doors, breaking down barriers" was announced, promising to offer internships (or work placement places) to young people from deprived backgrounds. Allen & Overy was the first firm to sign up to the Business Compact. In January 2012 it was joined by nine others: Addleshaw Goddard, Ashurst, Baker & McKenzie, CMS Cameron McKenna, Eversheds, Hogan Lovells, Irwin Mitchell, Norton Rose and Simmons & Simmons, and has since been bolstered by Herbert Smith and Linklaters. The Bar Council and Legal Services Board are also members. You can read more about the strategy here. It should be noted that Business Compact does not itself run any substantive schemes, but rather acts as a facility to highlight firms and institutions that are carrying out such work.