Business Charity Awards 2015: Business Charity Champion - David Morley, Allen & Overy LLP

For a business leader who has excelled in promoting corporate support for charities in his or her own company and generally across the private sector

David Morley
David Morley

Who is he?

Morley is worldwide senior partner at the law firm Allen & Overy. He has been listed by The Times as one of the ten most influential lawyers in the UK.

What did he do?

In his first year as senior partner he launched a work experience scheme, the Smart Start Experience, targeting students from the most deprived London boroughs. Developed in partnership with the charity The Brokerage Citylink, Smart Start brought more than 100 sixth-formers to A&O's London office for a week of challenges and workshops.

The programme, developed and delivered by more than 240 A&O volunteers, was established to raise aspirations, increase the young people's understanding of the range of careers available to them and build the confidence, skills and knowledge needed to pursue those careers. More than 750 students have benefited from the scheme, which now also offers a £6,000 bursary for two outstanding students, an e-mentoring scheme and an additional work experience placement with a major corporate client. Morley built on the success of Smart Start with the development of Prime, an alliance of 80 law firms that offers more than 2,500 work experience placements each year to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in an attempt to make the legal profession less exclusive.

Why did he win?

Morley has mobilised A&O's resources to open up the world of law and business to more young people from less privileged backgrounds.

What did the judges say?

Leigh Pearce, chief executive of the Nationwide Foundation, said: "This is a super example of how a business leader has used their influence to make an impact not only at their own organisation but also in the wider business sector."


- Keith Breslauer, founder and managing director, Patron Capital

- Anne-Marie Kesselman, head of marketing and corporate responsibility, GL Hearn

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