The School: Malmesbury Primary School

Students in Year 6 at Malmesbury Primary School in Merton, South London have been doing Primary enterprise for the past two years. In the past, they have developed skills such as Working in a Team and Problem Solving during their Crime Scene Challenge Day and have created a maths-themed board game for younger students in their school.

Today, ten lucky students got the chance to visit high-street law firm McMillan Williams to take part in a legal challenge supported by volunteers from the business.

The Business: McMillan Williams, London

McMillan Williams Solicitors is one of the largest solicitor firms in the south of England. Established for almost 30 years with branches in London, Croydon, the South East and South West of England, they undertake a broad range of work including Probate and Professional Negligence, Family Law, Actions Against the Police and Criminal Law.

Four volunteers from across the business, including a trainee solicitor, a paralegal, the Graduate Recruitment Manager and the Director of HR, joined Malmesbury Primary students throughout the day to support them with their challenge. They shared how they use enterprise skills in their day-to-day jobs and offered expert advice whilst teams were putting together their cases.

The Challenge: Ace Advocates

Students began the day researching law and how McMillan Williams operate. This included an interview with staff members and a guided tour of the different departments, including Personal Injury and Criminal Law.

Then, they were set the challenge of going head-to-head and advocating on behalf of one of the two opposing parties: Mega Movies, a blockbuster film company hoping to film on a housing estate, and The Elmington Residents Association, who represent concerned residents who worry that their area will get a bad reputation if filming goes ahead.

After gathering evidence from the case file and choosing their strongest arguments and compromises, teams entered the negotiation to advocate on behalf of their clients.

The Results:

Students impressed the McMillan Williams volunteers with their Listening Carefully skills, demonstrated by their ability to take effective notes throughout the day. They were also very clear, concise and persuasive during the final negotiation, meaning both sides reached a compromise for their respective clients.

What they said:

  • “I’m so proud of them! They’re so passionate and have put across their ideas really well.” – Teacher, Malmesbury Primary
  • “It was brilliant to see the students brimming with enthusiasm about visiting McMillan Williams and about the opportunities the legal profession has to offer. I was so impressed with how engaged the students were with the activities and it was wonderful to see the students develop their skills over the course of the day. It was a pleasure to host the students today and we look forward to seeing them as lawyers on the other side of the negotiation table in years to come!” – Volunteer, McMillan Williams
  • “This has been the best trip ever!” – Student, Malmesbury Primary

Thanks to McMillan Williams for such a great trip day, and to Year 6 from Malmesbury Primary for coming along.

Enabling Enterprise are working in partnership with schools and businesses to support students to build enterprise skills and aspirations. Find out more by contacting us or visiting enablingenterprise.org

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