Helping pupils get to the top

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When Chris Fry was at Silverdale School, he used to get into trouble for gazing out of the window.

Now, from Unity Law’s offices at the top of the Fountain Precinct, he has the luxury of being able to do that on three sides, but the firm he founded earlier this year is far too busy for that.

Chris Fry was 14 when, thanks to a spell of work experience with a local solicitor’s, he decided to become a lawyer.

“I have never been good at being told what to do and one of the things I have always been good at doing is arguing. I could also see that lawyers tend to take on good cases that are interesting.”

Despite being a new and expanding business, Unity Law has seen part of its mission from the start as encouraging today’s youngsters to follow a similar path.

Lawyers from the firm have helped Silverdale School pupils to hone their debating skills and is looking to offer work experience to a couple of pupils, while also working with Sheffield University, where it is training members of the university’s pro-bono team to deal with discrimination issues.