Lawyers praised by University

Richard May: Sheffield Hallam University's Career Mentoring Scheme is creating the perfect platform.
Richard May: Sheffield Hallam University's Career Mentoring Scheme is creating the perfect platform.
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Law firm DLA Piper’s local office has been named Sheffield Hallam University’s best partner at the University’s Student and Learning Services Awards.

Staff and students involved in the SLS scheme were asked to nominate the external company, partner or supplier that went the extra mile to meet service needs, find innovative solutions to problems and improve the service.

DLA Piper secured the award for its support of the University’s Career Mentoring Scheme.

Managing partner Richard May said: “The Career Mentoring Scheme is the perfect platform for our team to share their knowledge and experience for the benefit of Sheffield’s up and coming legal talent. Sheffield Hallam University produces some top quality young lawyers, many of whom go on to join DLA Piper through our training programmes and we are pleased that our efforts helping those looking to break into the profession have proved to be so valuable.”

Annette Baxter from the University’s Student and Learning Services Careers Team praised Dorrien Peters from DLA Piper’s litigation practice – who collected the award – for “making a significant difference” and helping students get training contracts.

She said: “DLA Piper has been a great supporter of this scheme over the last four years, with 18 members of staff from all kinds of roles in the firm giving up their time to provide valuable insight and support to SHU students as they prepare for the transition from University to employment.

“The feedback from the students really highlights the quality of the support given by DLA Piper mentors, who often go beyond the role and expectations of career mentor by supporting students with their academic work, helping them to relate their academic studies and to see its application in the work place.”