Sonn Macmillan Walker lawyers visit Mosaic schools
Lawyers from Sonn Macmillan Walker, one of the largest firms of specialist criminal defence solicitors in London, have visited three Mosaic schools as part of our secondary school mentoring programme.
Duty Solicitors Aysha Moore and Amy Cox visited Stanmore College, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School and Crest Girls Academy to deliver some exciting bespoke workshops.
On 17 April, Aysha and Amy met with 15 girls at Crest Girls Academy, teaching them about the law and the effect it can have on them, using real life criminal scenarios.
The students were shocked that some of the characters in the scenarios were actually committing crimes and surprised at the length of the potential custodial sentences, which highlighted to Ayesha and Amy some of the perceptions of the law that may lead to youth crime.
The level of discussion in the workshop and interaction from the girls was inspiring to Aysha and Amy, and left the girls with plenty to take forward.
Karen Ryan, Crest Girls Academy teacher said:
“The workshop was amazing! The students really benefitted from the session, and were discussing it at school the next day.”
On 12 June, Aysha and Amy visited Stanmore College to deliver an inspirational talk to 20 A-level law students.
Amy spoke about her career route which led her to becoming a qualified solicitor, and provided the students with useful information about university funding options, the Legal Practice Course, and the importance of work experience.
She also talked about anonymised cases that she had been involved in, which the students were both shocked and humoured by.
To support the students preparing for their A2 Levels where they will study murder and manslaughter, they were provided with relevant scenarios. Students were tasked with deciding who they thought had committed an offence, what the offence was and what they thought their sentence would be. The final section of the session was a question and answer discussion.
The students were highly engaged with the discussion, and enjoyed the session very much, leading one student to request work experience with Sonn Macmillan Solicitors!
The teachers from Stanmore College said they had not seen their AS Level students so alert before, let alone so awake! They were very grateful for the opportunity to host Aysha and Amy and would like them to visit again in the new academic year.
Sonn Macmillan Walker
Mosaic have recently benefitted from the support of Sonn Macmillan Walker, a dedicated criminal defence firm based in central London who undertake work in police stations and courts throughout England and Wales.
They represent clients facing all types of allegations from minor road traffic offences to the most serious and complex offences such as murder and white collar crime. They also undertake extradition work and civil litigation such as actions against the police, asset recovery, cash seizures and forfeiture, and confiscation work.
Aysha Moore and Amy Cox, both duty solicitors, have been specialising in Crown Court work preparing serious cases for sentence or trial.
Their day to day tasks involve taking instructions from clients, obtaining witness statements, analysing and investigating the prosecution’s evidence, obtaining defence evidence to assist clients, instructing experts in a plethora of different fields and expertise, and drafting important legal documents and applications. They both have experience in dealing with a range of clients including youths and those suffering from mental health illnesses.
Mosaic secondary school mentoring programme
As part of Mosaic’s secondary school mentoring programme, we arrange for inspirational speakers to visit students in secondary schools to help raise the aspirations of young people and close the gap between those aspirations and their attainment.
We receive support from businesses like Sonn Macmillan Walker to assist with increasing our students’ understanding of careers and life skills.
To find out more about how you can get involved in our secondary school mentoring programme, please go to the secondary school mentoring page or contact Anu Atewologun (Mosaic London Programmes Coordinator) on 0207 566 8772 or 07793 257 183.