I would like to extend a huge thank you to lawyers and their guests who attended the Law Society Excellence Awards, for their response to the work of the Diversity Access Scheme.

A break in the award presentations was a chance for those present to hear direct from some of the lawyers the scheme has helped.

Without DAS support, their talents would have been lost to the legal profession – and with it their intelligence, determination and drive. Cash donations on the night were up £200 on last year, reaching £3,252.71.

There was also a phenomenal response to the appeal for work experience and internship places; so much so that we are still working through the many offers made on the night and later.

Dr Sandie Okoro, ambassador, Law Society Diversity Access Scheme