The School:

St Mary Magdalene is in their third year working with Enabling Enterprise. Later in the year, they will be taking part in Lesson-Time Projects to further develop all eight of the enterprise skills they’ve already showcased so far. Today’s trip was a fantastic opportunity for students from Years 3, 4 and 5 to put their Sharing Ideas and Problem Solving skills to the test outside the classroom with the support from professional business volunteers.

McMillan Williams:

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.

The Challenge: Tour the Law

The day started off with the students interviewing the volunteers to find out about their different roles, responsibilities and the Enterprise Skills required to do their jobs. Students then went on a tour of the premises, which allowed the teams to see the great variety of jobs available in the world of Law, as they met paralegals, partners and trainee solicitors.
Taking on the role of Lawyers, students explored two different areas of law, Criminal and Business Law through separate cases designed to put their Problem Solving skills to the test. The first case saw them review police evidence and then play the part of a defence lawyer to build a case for their client. In the second task, the teams of students act as mediators in a business merger, finding different possible solutions and considering the pros and cons of each.
Sharing Ideas skills were put to the test as new challenges arose, and also at the end of the day when each team presented their findings to a panel of professional judges.

What they said:

  • “It’s a good chance for them to see a different place, but that is quite close to where they live, so it feels achievable.” – Teacher
  • “It was such a fun day, a really good chance to do something different and you can see how much they enjoyed it.” – Volunteer
  • “I liked doing the criminal law and using the evidence to come up with arguments.” – Student, Year 5

Thanks to everyone for such a great trip 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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