Fasken Martineau kicks off summer scheme with UniCredit

Fasken Martineau is to launch an annual summer programme with the bank UniCredit, aiming to enlighten students about the relationship between business and law.

The Canadian-headquartered firm will select four sixth-form students from some of London’s least affluent boroughs to introduce them to work in the legal and financial sectors.

The four-week programme sees students spend one fortnight with Fasken and the other with UniCredit and is built around workshops and seminars. It will be led by partner Francis Nwokedi and associates Helen Sutcliffe and Gonyi Ajawin.

London managing partner Gary Howes said: “We look forward to welcoming this year’s students and hope that this collaborative approach taken by Fasken Martineau and UniCredit Bank will offer students valuable insight into the interaction between business and the law.”

The firm is not the only one to offer such a scheme. Hogan Lovells launched a joint programme with the in-house legal team at Vodafone last year (19 August 2013) while Barclays’ in-house department is offering 80 placements this summer through its partnership with The Sutton Trust, the Black Lawyers Foundation Directory and Aspiring Solicitors (24 March 2014).