The School: William Tyndale Primary School

Islington-based William Tyndale Primary have been working on developing their enterprise skills for several years. This year, they have already completed the Future Transport Challenge Day, during which they took on the roles of transport designers and testers to Solve Problems, whilst last year’s Operation: Moonbase Challenge Day saw excellent Using Imagination skills in the creation of a new society on a distant moon. They have also completed a range of Enabling Enterprise projects and focus on a ‘skill of the month’ throughout the year.

Today was a great opportunity for these Year 4 students to build on the success of their in-school enterprise projects by travelling to the City for a legal challenge at top law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.

The Business: Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, London

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher are a global law firm with more than 1200 lawyers in 19 offices across the United States, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America. From Southern California beginnings in 1890, Gibson Dunn has grown on a global scale, providing comprehensive services across borders, jurisdictions and legal disciplines.

Today, these Year 4 students were lucky enough to be joined by Nisha, Sarika, Vonda, Shannon, Kathryn, Sophie, Dee and Selina who work in a range of roles across the firm, including Trainee Solicitor and Lawyers in the Finance and Employment departments. The students had the chance to quiz the volunteers about their jobs and the skills they use, as they really got to see the importance of Working in a Team, Problem-Solving and Staying Positive as the volunteers shared their expertise and an insight into their careers.

The Challenge: Ace Advocates

After a fantastic introduction to Gibson Dunn from Jeff, one of the firm’s partners and Co-Partner-in-Charge of the London office, the students were taken on an exciting tour of the offices, taking the chance to visit the different departments, meeting rooms and lawyers’ offices to see how each team member plays a pivotal role in ensuring Gibson Dunn can handle clients’ cases expertly, as well as taking in the views across the city of famous London landmarks.

Inspired by the volunteers, each team formed a firm of passionate lawyers, representing their clients in a highly contentious negotiation task. Working against another team, the groups were given a wide range of key information about their particular case. They were Listening Carefully and Sharing Ideas to ensure they could present the key arguments and suggest a suitable compromise that their client would be happy with and would be agreeable to the opposing law firms’ client needs. The firms Worked in a Team to put their arguments together and Used Their Imagination to create a persuasive presentation to convince the judges of their expertise.

The Results:

At the end of the day, each team of solicitors presented passionately in favour of their client before trying to reach a compromise with the opposing side. It was brilliant to see the William Tyndale teams using their Listening Carefully and Problem-Solving skills to negotiate and try and find a solution that everyone was happy with.

What they said:

  • “I was really impressed by the fast thinking shown in compromise situations.” – Volunteer, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
  • “I enjoyed the negotiations as it was really interesting to listen to other people’s ideas.” – Student, William Tyndale Primary School
  • “This is my first Enabling Enterprise trip and it has been absolutely incredible. The volunteers have given so much and everyone here has learnt something today. It was amazing!” – Teacher, William Tyndale Primary School
  • “It’s been great to see you thinking really carefully about your arguments and what your client wants. The way you put your case across and the way in which the negotiations have gone is actually very close to our cases and the negotiations we are involved in.” – Volunteer, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
  • “My favourite part was learning about the volunteers and I loved meeting Jeff!” – Student, William Tyndale Primary School

Thanks to Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher for such a great trip day, and to Year 4 from William Tyndale Primary School for coming along and making it so enjoyable.

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