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on 14 solicitors Law firm Stone King has taken on 14 more solicitors and support staff in Bath to work across its growing education, charity, business and private client divisions. They include Helen Tucker who

Young people from Boomsatsuma & Babbasa with Neha Mehta, youth Mayor; Lee Probert, City of Bristol College; Mayor Marvin Rees; Karl Brown, Clarke Willmott; Sally Apps, Bristol Metropolitan Academy’; and Leigh Hughes, Bouygues

Bridging the skills gap L

ocal businesses are being called on to join a new collaboration between Bristol’s employers, learning providers and young

people to help develop a skilled local workforce. Led by Bristol Learning City, WORKS will offer a new

way to bridge the skills gap between education and employment, offering local businesses a way to help shape the city’s future employees. WORKS was launched with local employers and

learning providers at an event hosted by Clarke Willmott, a Learning City partner, with keynote speeches from Bouygues UK and Bristol Metropolitan Academy. Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “Providing a

variety of opportunities for young people to experience work is essential if we are to make the most of the talent in this city – we know that the more

experiences young people have, the more employable they are. We want to inspire young people and raise their aspirations.” Karl Brown, senior associate at Clarke Willmott, said:

“As one of many partners in the city to contribute to Bristol becoming the first UNESCO Learning City in England, at Clarke Willmott we are passionate about the WORKS concept. Bringing together employers and learning providers to co-ordinate, support and increase the experiences of work available to Bristol’s young people is something that will benefit us all.”

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joins Stone King as a partner in the firm’s independent schools team in Bath. She was previously head of the education sector team at law firm Ashfords in Bristol and head of legal for The Girls’ Day School Trust. Also joining Stone King as a

solicitor in the Bath commercial property team is Kara Gosden who previously worked at CMS Cameron McKenna in Bristol. Other new faces in Bath include

Tim Roche who becomes Stone King’s new head of IT. Tim has worked in the legal industry for the past 15 years and joins Stone King from Reading law firm Boyes Turner, where he held a similar position. Stone King’s managing partner

Steven Greenwood said: “It’s a pleasure to welcome so many new faces to our growing office in Bath. “Their arrival is part of a strategy

to grow our regional and national legal teams by recruiting the very best legal practitioners and graduates.”

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