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Ellen and Nikki Scholarship Scheme

In 2021, Lewis Silkin LLP launched the Ellen Temperton and Nikki Mallett scholarship scheme in memory of our two esteemed colleagues. Since then, we have supported ten students studying law at university. Applications are due by 12th July.

Purpose of the scheme

The scholarship scheme seeks to provide financial support to bright young people embarking on their university career. We recognise that the cost of higher education can be a deterrent for many and poses a barrier to social mobility. Through the scholarship scheme, we look to provide some financial assistance to those who will benefit from it the most.
Both Ellen and Nikki were committed to supporting and helping others to progress in their careers through the sharing of their personal knowledge and through encouraging learning opportunities for others wherever possible.

About Ellen and Nikki

Ellen founded the firm’s now thriving Data & Privacy group and feedback from colleagues consistently revealed the lengths Ellen went to in encouraging and developing associates in their careers. Ellen was a dedicated mentor and champion of our firm values and culture, and one colleague told us “I’d never be where I am today without her.” Ellen was a strong believer that anyone can study law; as a child, when speaking to her school career’s adviser, Ellen told them she wanted to go to university and study law. She was told that it wasn’t a career for a woman, which of course made her even more determined to follow her dreams and prove the career advisor wrong.

Nikki was an inspirational Corporate knowledge lawyer and an invaluable member of the Corporate team. Her intelligence and analytical mind meant she was a constant source of support to colleagues, from trainees to partners. Nikki was an enthusiastic and committed member of the firm’s Corporate Social Responsibility Committee throughout her time at the firm and, in particular, was hugely passionate about the education element.

Ellen and Nikki’s commitment to knowledge and education is what inspired the focus of the scholarship scheme. We are grateful for the support and input from both Ellen and Nikki’s families in launching this scheme.

What does the scholarship scheme offer?

Successful applicants will:

  • receive a financial award of £3,000 paid in the first term of their first, second and third year at university to help with living expenses, purchase of course materials, society memberships or other expenses incurred;
  • have the opportunity to undertake work experience at one of the firm’s offices, at a time convenient for both you and the firm; and
  • benefit from a mentoring programme with one of our lawyers to offer advice on a career in law as you start your career.

For the eligibility requirements and how to apply, please click here.

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