Lyons Davidson is committed to the community in which we work. As well as focusing on local charities, we also maintain close links to the places in which we do business, including nurturing links with local educational facilities.
In Leeds, we have been involved with the Career Academy in law at Notre Dame Sixth Form College, since its launch in September 2009. The Career Academy is a nationwide scheme designed to help sixth-form students who are interested in entering a particular profession. It particularly encourages students from backgrounds where expectations of entering higher education or professions are limited or non-existent. The Career Academy at Notre Dame is the first in the country to focus solely on law.
The academy introduces students to all aspects of the legal system, including visits to the Supreme Court in London, and talks on the academic and practical aspects of law by members of the profession. Lyons Davidson has delivered several lectures on civil litigation and ILEX career routes. Students are also assigned mentors from local businesses and our mentors offer their students a wide range of work experience across all departments. They are also on hand to advise on how to write a CV and apply for university, participate in mock interviews, discuss alternative career paths and offer other types of practical support, such as attending university open days with their mentee. We send six mentors to the college each academic year.
Each summer, we offer a paid, six-week internship in the firm, where the student undertakes a project set by the department head, in conjunction with the Head of Law at the sixth form college.
In November 2010, Lyons Davidson was invited to the Leeds Mentoring Awards, where we were delighted to be named one of the Firms of the Year. Sarah Ingham received a Business Mentor of the Year awards and, most pleasingly of all, two of our students also received awards, with our intern for summer 2010, Oliver Allanach, receiving the Outstanding Mentee of the Year award.