"The firms' corporate social responsibility schemes with local charities focus on social mobility."Second year trainee, Oxford
"The firm's mentality seems to be that if the right person fits the job and the Penningtons' culture, then regardless of their background, they will be given every chance to succeed with the firm."First year trainee, Guildford
"I am aware that the recruitment team are working hard on addressing this at the moment and are looking at implementing an entry level apprenticeship, especially once the legal apprenticeship route formally comes into effect from this Autumn. Penningtons looks beyond the very best universities, (even by looking at Leeds, where I went, they were widening their search more than some London firms do), which I think does give those from less privileged backgrounds more of a chance. Once a training contract is offered, they pay a maintenance award for the LPC year and fund the LPC itself."Newly qualified solicitor, Basingstoke
"I have not come across the firm's policy on this. However, I do think the nature of the firm is such that if the hand fits the glove they will employ you. I am aware of people who worked as paralegals who did not have the necessary legal qualifications who are now associates having spent some time working at the firm."Second year trainee, London
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