An innovative approach to Diversity and Inclusion in the legal profession

An innovative approach to Diversity and Inclusion in the legal profession

Last month saw the launch of the Legal Social Mobility Partnership (LSMP) Brighton cluster, led by Sophie Gould, Head of LexisPSL, In-house.

Now reaching over 300 students, the main aim of the LSMP is to broaden access to the legal profession and develop students’ career aspirations. Initially started in London in 2014, it has also expanded to Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, Bristol and Reading.

Supporting the next generation

Over a packed week, several students were put through their paces as they gained invaluable knowledge and skills to help them in their future careers, together with an insight into the legal profession.

This included workshops with lawyers from the in-house teams at American Express, Southern Water, Virgin Atlantic and ITV and law firms Dentons and Mayo Wynne Baxter. The sessions covered routes into the profession, legal research skills and case studies.  They also helped students develop influencing and presentation skills and learn about personal resilience and team building.

Students were also able to participate in 'pseudo-negotiations' and gain insight into how negotiations work in the legal services industry providing the opportunity to build on their communication and leadership skills.

“I spent this week on the 

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About the author:
Sophie Gould is the Head of Lexis®PSL In-house. Sophie worked as an in-house lawyer for 10 years including seven years as Head of Legal for Virgin Radio and Ginger Media Group. She has also run a legal risk and compliance training business.


Since joining LexisNexis in 2009 Sophie has worked on developing our legal and business content for the in-house legal community.  She also runs various networking and mentoring groups for in-house lawyers and works with schools to promote social mobility within the legal profession.