Family Law Partners Scholarship Programme – An update three years on. - Family Law Partners

Family Law Partners Scholarship Programme – An update three years on.

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In 2021, to mark our 10th anniversary, our award-winning practice announced a £36,000 fund to support law study at Brighton University. 

The scholarships from Family Law Partners – 2023 winners of the Legal Business Awards – Private Client Team of the Year – aimed to support candidates from lower socio-economic backgrounds or black and black-mixed heritage young people to study law at the University. 

The scholarship programme has provided economic support for six local law students during the entirety of their undergraduate studies. Additionally, Family Law Partners provided mentoring opportunities through its family law specialists to help prepare students for future legal careers. 

What does the scholars scheme offer the students? 

The programme offers a series of mentoring, shadowing and work experiences in each year. 

In the first year, the students are offered the chance to do two placement days shadowing solicitors during client and/or court meetings or to have a week’s work experience at Easter or during the summer. The second year follows the same format but includes both the options available as a choice in the first year. In their 3rd year, students will complete a further week’s work experience and a series of group sessions with: Kim Crewe, Director of Client Wellbeing, to boost understanding of clients’ emotional needs; with our Marketing Consultants to understand brand and reputational opportunities and demands upon the 21st Century lawyer; and with the FLP Innovation Team to understand how digital delivery responds to client demands, commercial pressures and potential regulatory changes. Finally, the students are offered the opportunity to shadow a Director for a day to understand the challenges of managing and not just fee earning.  

What have they gained from the programme? 

Students describe their experiences in terms that any university graduate would recognise from initially feeling overwhelmed to starting to gain confidence through learning to learn. One scholar explained their stand out learning was based around the importance of being able to ask for help when you need it. In terms of legal expertise, the students have been exposed to all aspects of the law through their study and while Family Law Partners has provided them work experience in family law, we have also seen them take the initiative and organise a wide range of experiences across different aspects of the law and the legal system. Having been supported in getting started with their degrees, it has been astonishing to see them really make the most of the opportunity. 

Gemma Hope – Director and Scholarship Scheme Champion said: 

We have been delighted to see the progress of the young people engaged in the scholarship scheme. To see legal careers budding for students who may otherwise have found accessing higher education difficult is a wonderful feeling professionally.” 

Our 10-year anniversary sparked an opportunity for us to mark our commitment to nurturing the next generation of legal talent and this scholarship initiative has gone from strength to strength from that initial idea thanks to the hard work of the students themselves and the efforts of our friends at the University of Brighton. As a firm, we are passionate about ensuring the public is served by lawyers from diverse backgrounds and cultures, and not just those individuals fortunate enough to have the financial means to study law. This scheme enables us to put our money where our mouth is.” 

We asked for feedback on the scheme from our scholars: 


Valentina Bira, year 1 Scholar, said: 

I am writing to express my heartfelt gratitude for the scholarship you have generously provided through your donations. Your support means the world to me, and I am truly grateful for the opportunity it affords me to pursue my academic goals. Thank you for investing in my future and for believing in my potential. 

Alaa Elbayouk, year 1 Scholar, said: 

I am deeply grateful for the scholarship you’ve generously awarded me. Your support is instrumental in pursuing my dream of progressing in the legal field, and I am committed to using this opportunity to the fullest. Thank you for investing in my education. 


To learn more about our Scholarship programme, you can find more information about  the participants and what we aimed to achieve through the scheme here: 

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