A student on Hogan Lovells’ diversity access scheme spent an hour carrying out catering tasks after she was mistaken as someone on work experience in the hospitality department.
The 17-year-old was due to take part in the firm’s ‘Ladder to Law’ programme, which is designed to widen access to the profession by inspiring year 10 to year 12 students from a variety of social backgrounds to consider a career in law.
The female student is understood to have been lost on her way to the induction when a temporary catering manager misconstrued what type of placement she was due to be working in.
In a statement from the firm a spokesperson said: “The student is one of a number spending the week with us on a work experience placement to see what life as a lawyer is like.
“There were some crossed wires that were very rapidly uncrossed and we have apologised to the student and their parents for the confusion. An internal investigation is under way and we are taking steps to ensure this can never happen again.”
The student is now completing the rest of the five-day legal work experience programme.