The School: William Booth Primary School

William Booth Primary School, located in Nottingham, are in their 2nd year of working with Enabling Enterprise. Today, their Year 4 students, building on the excellent work they have been doing at school, came to Eversheds to further hone their Listening Carefully and Sharing Ideas skills in a law challenge.

The Business: Eversheds Sutherland, Nottingham

Eversheds Sutherland is one of the world’s largest corporate law firms, with over 61 offices based in the world’s major economic centres with over 4,000 employees. The impressive Nottingham office was the setting for the day’s activities.

The Challenge: Ace Advocates

To kick off the day, the Year 4 students from William Booth reflected on the key skills of Listening Carefully and Sharing Ideas and how they have used these before at school. They then had the opportunity to interview our Eversheds Sutherland volunteers and find out when they have used the skills and what their job involves.
Armed with all this information about the world of law and how lawyers help their clients, students formed their own law firms and took on clients of their own. They were given the task of representing these clients in a negotiation, with the aim of reaching a compromise.

The Results:

After Working in a Team to Listen Carefully to their client’s needs, students Shared Ideas about the best arguments to use in the negotiation. William Booth students then practised how to be persuasive and held team meetings to devise a strategy to take to the negotiation. They then put forward 3 key arguments to the opposition in the aim of securing a compromise. In both cases today, our William Booth lawyers were able to demonstrate impeccable negotiation skills and quickly reached a decision. Our volunteers were incredibly impressed with how well they listened to the other side, and how open they were to the opposition’s compromise.

What they said:

  • “I’m proud of my team because we learnt to disagree professionally in our negotiation.” – Student, William Booth Primary School
  • “We were really impressed at how they embraced the negotiation process and were able to listen to other teams in order to come to a compromise.” – Volunteer, Eversheds Sutherland
  • “There were some children who really surprised me today. They don’t usually speak up at school, but they got stuck in and showed a lot of confidence.” – Teacher, William Booth Primary School

Thanks to Eversheds Sutherland for such a great trip day, and to Year 4 from William Booth Primary for coming along. It was a great day!

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

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