The Schools: Eastbrook Comprehensive School, Lister Community School, Seven Kings High School, Palmers Catholic Academy and The Harris Academy, Rainham

Today, students from 5 secondary schools from across North London made their way into central London to take part in our Enterprise Competition. The winning school would be chosen based on how successfully they could demonstrate excellent Presenting alongside developing clear strategies for Listening and Understanding all the new information they were about to receive.

The Business: Eversheds Sutherland, London

Eversheds Sutherland is a British multinational law firm head-quartered in London. It is one of the world’s largest corporate law firms, with over 40 offices based in the world’s major economic centres. They employ just under 3,000 people, which includes around 1,220 lawyers. Today, students from secondary schools across North London were joined by volunteers from a range of areas within the organisation including competition law, corporate law and facilities management.

The Challenge: Ace Advocates

After taking the opportunity to interview the Eversheds Sutherland employees, teams explored what law meant to them before meeting their clients. Over the course of the day, teams discussed, analysed and summarised their client’s case ready for the negotiations at the end of the day.

The Results:

Whilst some teams demonstrated excellent Working in a Team by delegating the different aspects of the tasks to different team members, other teams approached decision-making though group discussion. When tasked with analysing their clients’ case files, we saw a range of strategies employed by the teams. Some of the would-be law firms started by making their own notes before sharing as a group, whilst others discussed the key points before getting one team member to jot down the most convincing arguments.

Uniting all the teams, though, was the progress made by students across the course of the day: all of the volunteers commented on the change they had seen in the students from working alongside them in the morning to judging their professional presentations at the end of the day.

What they said:

  • “I’m shocked and overwhelmed by what they have achieved, it has brought a tear to my eye” – Teacher, The Harris Academy, Rainham
  • “This has exceeded my expectations and been a fantastic day.” – Chief Executive, Eversheds Sutherland
  • “You have all grown so much as teams, making sure that everyone in the team got a voice.” – Volunteer, Eversheds Sutherland
  • “To go from sitting with kids this morning that were hesitant and shy to seeing each and every one stand up at the front in this big room and present such coherent arguments is fantastic.” – Volunteer, Eversheds Sutherland
  • “We have learnt how to be selective with our arguments and structure our speech to be most convincing.” – Student, Eastbrook Comprehensive
  • “We’ve definitely had to listen to each other because we have had lots of ideas and we’ve wanted to come up with the most compelling compromise.” – Student, Seven Kings High School

Thanks to Eversheds Sutherland for such a great trip day, and to the students from Eastbrook Comprehensive School, Lister Community School, Seven Kings High School, Palmers Catholic Academy and The Harris Academy, Rainham for coming along.

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