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Local schoolchildren get an insight into regulating lawyers at The Cube

A group of year 8 schoolchildren from Waverley school, Small Heath will be finding out more about the legal world when they visit the Solicitors Regulation Authority's (SRA) headquarters at The Cube in the City on Friday, 1 March.

The visit is being organised by a member of SRA staff who is a mentor for Mosaic, an initiative of Business in the Community and part of the HRH Prince of Wales' charities, as part of their World of Work initiative to introduce children from disadvantaged communities to work opportunities with local employers.

The children, accompanied by Mosaic Regional Manager, Annalisa Lockett, will be meeting SRA chief executive Antony Townsend to find out more about what the regulator does.

During their half day stay, the children, aged 12–13, will have a tour of the SRA's offices, receive an overview of the organisation's activities, and find out more about some of the job roles which they might consider in the future.

Antony Townsend said: "We are delighted to respond to a request from Mosaic for a visit from Waverley School. We are relative newcomers to Birmingham and realise that not many people outside of the legal profession realise what we do.

"We regulate solicitors and firms in England and Wales to make sure they deliver good legal services to the public. As an employer, we offer a wide range of opportunities from customer service and communication roles right through to forensic investigators and adjudicators.

"We are keen to recruit a wealth of talent from the Birmingham area, so we hope that this will give our young visitors an insight into what they could consider for their careers."

Liam Byrne, Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary and MP for Hodge Hill, the school's constituency, said: "By visiting local Birmingham employers, such as the Solicitors Regulation Authority, young people in my constituency are getting a great insight into the world of work.

"It is an excellent way of showing students, often from disadvantaged backgrounds, the opportunities available to them in the future and inspiring them to seek fulfilling careers."


Note to editors

Photo opportunity: You are invited to send a photographer for the visit which will take place on Friday 1 March at 9.30 am at The Cube, 199 Wharfside Street, Birmingham B1 1RN.

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) regulates over 125,000 solicitors and more than 10,000 firms providing legal services in England and Wales. The SRA moved to the Cube in September 2012. It employs over 600 people.

Mosaic is an initiative of Business in the Community and part of the HRH Prince of Wales' charities whose aim is to inspire young people from deprived communities to build confidence and enter into long-term employability through mentoring. Tel: Annalisa Lockett, West Midlands Regional Manager, 0121 451 2227.

Waverley School is an Ofsted rated outstanding school.

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