Young legal eagles get ready to soar

Ashington High School pupils at Norton Rose Fulbright's London offices with Manuela Sforza and Adam Smith from Norton Rose Fulbright.
Ashington High School pupils at Norton Rose Fulbright's London offices with Manuela Sforza and Adam Smith from Norton Rose Fulbright.

Students from a county high school have taken their first steps towards high-flying careers in law.

The four Ashington High School students have visited the Royal Courts of Justice and the London office of one of the world’s largest legal practices.

We’re very proud to have Tara, Daniel, Jessica and Matthew represent our school at the very pinnacle of the legal world.

Ashington High School principal Rob Kitching

Budding legal eagles Tara Blyth, Daniel Cole, Jessica Mather and Matthew McCormack, were selected to take part in the Norton Rose Fulbright ‘Impress’ initiative, which aims to raise the aspirations of Ashington High School students aged 13-15, equipping them with the skills, knowledge and experience needed to achieve their full potential in the world of work.

The programme is the brainchild of Adam Smith, a former student at Ashington High School who now works at Norton Rose Fulbright as an associate.

“With so many law firms based in London, opportunities elsewhere in the country are limited,” he said.

“Impress sets out to address this imbalance and my former school is an ideal partner.”

A group of 18 students took part in the Impress initiative this year, with the Ashington foursome judged the best performing students over the course of the programme by a panel comprising Norton Rose Fulbright and Durham University staff.

Their prize of a two day trip to London included a tour of the Norton Rose Fulbright office, discussions with some of the firm’s senior lawyers and visits to the Shard, the Royal Courts of Justice and the Rolls Building.

Ashington High School principal Rob Kitching said: “We’re very proud to have Tara, Daniel, Jessica and Matthew represent our school at the very pinnacle of the legal world.

“It’s a highly competitive industry which rewards hard work and dedication. Adam has charted a path for our students and I am certain where he had led others will follow.”