Shepherd and Wedderburn support State School Lawyers initiative

10 May 2016

Shepherd and Wedderburn support State School Lawyers initiative

Shepherd and Wedderburn are leading the way in a diversity project which highlights the enormous contribution state-educated lawyers make to the UK’s legal community.

The State School Lawyers scheme aims to help young people understand that talented individuals from all types of schools are increasingly reaching the highest levels of the legal profession.

The initiative is run by the teacher-led charity Impressive People which raises confidence and aspirations in state schools by highlighting successful former pupils.  

Shepherd and Wedderburn is a founding partner of Impressive People reflecting the firm’s long-standing commitment to both education and diversity.

Members of the Shepherd and Wedderburn team appear in a new directory of state school lawyers on the charity’s website at

Those featured include Chief Executive, Stephen Gibb, a former pupil of Kings Park Secondary in Glasgow, as well Fiona McKerrell, a Partner from our Corporate Restructuring team who attended Bearsden Academy.  

Stephen and Fiona are joined in the directory by Amar Wali, one of the firm’s many talented young lawyers and an expert in property finance. Amar is a former pupil of Hamilton Grammar in South Lanarkshire.

Speaking on behalf of Impressive People, the charity’s Director, Patrick Gaffney, thanked Shepherd and Wedderburn for participating in the State School Lawyers initiative.

He said: “Shepherd and Wedderburn were among the first law firms to back our work in schools. The firm has a very strong commitment to education and we are extremely grateful for their generous support over many years.”