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Three young solicitors from Liverpool law firm MSB have won places on national initiative that aims to nurture and train young people who demonstrate commercial aptitude and a passion for social change.

The new project will take 100 young people from a diverse range of communities in Liverpool and across the UK, with the aim of creating a new generation of dynamic social entrepreneurs.

The tour is the first of its kind in the UK and will visit eight towns and cities in England, Scotland and Wales in just 11 days. The young people enrolled will meet successful entrepreneurs, activists, community organisers and artists that are working to make their communities thrive.

MSB make the cut

MSB’s Rebecca Emmit, Sarah McGuiness and Callum Murphy will join this year’s cohort.

They will take part in a participatory learning programme that organisers say will offer practical advice and support. The experience will also provide opportunities to exchange ideas and transfer knowledge and skills with their peers through practical workshops, in order to develop or enhance their own business plan.

Drivers for Change project manager Gemma Heard, said: “The aim of the programme is to arm participants with enough insight into progressive ways of working so that they can gain a greater understanding of how they can create social change within their own communities.

“One of the issues raised by employers is that young recruits to their businesses sometimes lack the so-called ‘soft skills’… having the emotional intelligence to interact effectively with colleagues and customers. This will be one of the issues addressed by the project.”

Shared ethos
Managing partner at MSB, Emma Carey, says she is thrilled the trio have been successful and that the initiative mirrors the MSB ethos.

She added: “We are committed to providing alternative routes into professional careers at MSB and feel strongly that those businesses with a clear commitment to social change have an important place within our society.

“In 2015, we launched the MSB Academy – a programme designed to encourage staff at MSB to be enterprising, think outside the box and challenge themselves in their roles here. Drivers for Change is a natural extension of that.

“It is about imparting real life business experiences and advice that will be so important to their development as budding lawyers, and as the people who will be ultimately responsible for driving the continued growth of the firm.

“MSB are wholeheartedly committed to training and nurturing the next generation of lawyers and we endeavour to instil values go beyond commercial growth. We take our commitment to community in which we operate very seriously and believe that those defining values are what set us aside, not only as a go-to solicitors firm, but also as a responsible employer.”

Leading the way
MSB have earned a reputation as a firm with strong social values. Emma Carey, who took over as managing partner of MSB in March, says one of her key priorities is to continue MSB’s commitment to the community – a principle instilled by previous managing partner Paul Bibby, which Emma feels sets MSB aside from its competitors.

Emma is actively involved with a number of local charities, adopting non-executive roles with The Anthony Walker Foundation, The Big Trust and Rare Trust. She is currently shortlisted in the Corporate Ally category at the national LGBT+ Awards, noted for her commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion not only at MSB, but also within the communities in which the firm operates.

MSB also picked up the award for Best Family Firm for the North at the National Family Awards in November. The judges commented: “we were particularly impressed with this winning firm’s submission, outlining the firm’s dedication to promoting diversity and career progression within its team.”

MSB were also recognised for its “excellent pro-bono and community initiatives and its commitment to the campaign for legal aid.” 

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