City’s newest law firm helps pupils hone their debating skills

Arguing the case: Wei Xin Chung, fifth from left, with Miriam Khan, Erica Lee, Rob Adam, Rachael Gregory, Mara Hawkins and Yousaf Sheikh
Arguing the case: Wei Xin Chung, fifth from left, with Miriam Khan, Erica Lee, Rob Adam, Rachael Gregory, Mara Hawkins and Yousaf Sheikh
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UNITY Law has been helping pupils at Silverdale School to refine their debating skills as part of a mentoring programme.

Chris Fry and Wei Xin Chung from Unity Law, who are both former Silverdale students, spent three weeks working with a team of 12 pupils who went on to secure second place in Sheffield Law Society’s Schools Debating competition.

Chris Fry, who founded Unity Law, which specialises in helping people whose health has suffered due to work or who have faced discrimination because of a disability, said: “The ability to communicate well is key in any career but in law it is a must.

“We wanted to spend time with the pupils at Silverdale to help them build up these skills to prepare them for professional life.

“Being an ex-Silverdale pupil myself I know how important it is to have the right skills to prepare you for work. I feel it is important that students from all backgrounds can see that a career in the law is accessible with the right support.”

Silverdale student Miriam Khan, who was one of the 12, said: “I had thought about pursuing a career in law but hadn’t ever had any experience with real lawyers so it was all very exciting and new.

“I didn’t realise how interesting it could be and that I might have to work on a completely different case every day. It really opened everyone’s eyes.”

Unity Law is also offering work experience placements.