Mishcon de Reya
Mishcon de Reya is an independent law firm with offices in London and New York. Founded by Victor Mishcon in a one-room office in Brixton in 1937, it now employs more than 700 people with over 400 lawyers offering a wide range of legal services to companies and individuals. Academy Ambassadors has been promoting non-executive director opportunities with Mishcon de Reya since 2014 and has attracted employeers as NEDs through a variety of events from 1-2-1 meetings, breakfasts and Social Impact Fairs.
Georgina Yik, Senior Social Impact Executive said: "Social responsibility is at the heart of our core values and our Social Impact Programme has been developed to inspire our lawyers to effect the change they want to see in the world. We understand that lawyers are well positioned to impact society and through our partnership with Academy Ambassadors, we have been able to connect those seeking non executive directorships and board positions with organisations. We want people to develop their potential and be exposed to new thinking from both within and outside the world of law. We pride ourselves on supporting our people in their endeavours and passions through work but also through charity and pro bono support."
Kate Higgins, Legal Director was appointed to REAch2 South Central in December 2014. She said: "A couple of years ago, Mishcon launched its initiative to encourage us to become trustees/board members. At the time, my children were just reaching the end of a fantastic state primary education. Keen to give back, whilst broadening my horizons outside the law, I signed up. With the help of Academy Ambassadors, I was soon placed with a growing and highly successful multi-academy trust. Two years on, I can honestly say that it has been a rewarding experience for me. Schools are businesses in a highly regulated sector, not dissimilar to law firms. I soon felt I was adding value, whilst at the same time benefitting from experience in the board room and learning new and interesting ways of tackling different issues."