CMS UK has signed up to become a Gold sponsor of the Lawscot Foundation for 2021, donating £5,000 to help support law students from less advantaged backgrounds in Scotland.

The donation will fund two of the Foundation’s annual bursaries of £2,500. This will go towards helping academically gifted students to overcome social and financial barriers to pursuing their careers in law.

CMS is known for its work on diversity and inclusion, including running its own grant-providing scholarship, the CMS Law Scholarship. The Foundation and CMS are excited to start working together to ensure that those from less advantaged backgrounds have access to a wide range of opportunities, including the bursary, mentoring support and career advancement opportunities.

Penelope Warne, the Senior Partner of CMS, said: “Having launched the CMS Law Scholarships in Scotland in 2014 and now supporting at least three students into the profession each year in Scotland through our own scheme, we know very well how crucial it is to support social mobility and diversity into our profession so that it reflects the society we serve. We are delighted to support the Lawscot Foundation this year, in addition to our own scheme, particularly as the challenges of the last year make the need even greater.”

Heather McKendrick, of the Lawscot Foundation, said: “We are thrilled that CMS has chosen to support the Lawscot Foundation this year. It is a worldwide law firm with a great reputation, particularly for its charitable work and we hope this can be the beginning of a great relationship in our agreed goal of tackling social mobility within the legal profession. CMS choosing to support our work and the talented students we fund is a massive boost, particularly at a time when many are struggling due to the economic impact of the pandemic.”

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