Law firm in award final after helping Hackney kids

�1m spent on three-year project

A GLOBAL law firm which invested �1 million in improving Hackney children’s education and job chances has been shortlisted for an award.

Linklaters, whose London office is based in The Barbican, chose Hackney as the borough most in need of its assistance and went on to develop a three-year programme of in-school workshops, teacher training, mentoring of young people and work experience placements.

Lawyers spent three years on the project, recruiting 500 legal volunteers, going into 50 schools and helping 2,500 young people.

Their efforts gained them a place on the Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards, which reward corporate community involvement.

Dragon Awards manager, Anish Shah said: “Linklaters project was innovative, well thought out and well managed.

“An interesting part of it was that a teacher came into Linklaters on a secondment to develop the project, and two employees found it so inspiring they gave up law to become teachers.”

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The project also raised pupils’ grades in English and Maths.

The winner will be announced on October 20 at an award dinner at the Lord Mayor of the City of London’s residence, Mansion House.