Archive for May, 2020

Help us raise funds for Barnardo’s Mental Health & Wellbeing Packs

Monday, 25 May, 2020

During these unprecedented times, staying well and looking after our loved ones has become even more important.  Coronavirus is pushing vulnerable children and families to the edge, placing them under unimaginable emotional and financial pressures, with BAME families being disproportionately affected by the virus.

SAL’s 2020 sponsored charity, Barnardo’s ( is needed now more than ever.  Barnardo’s, like many other charities, has lost more than a third of its monthly income and a number of their services have had to close or adapt, including closing all 706 of its shops.

The crisis is having a huge impact on young people with existing mental health conditions; 88% of children surveyed by YoungMinds say it has worsened their mental health.  We are rapidly moving from a mental health crisis to a catastrophe.

Many children and young people who rely on the safety net of school are now home and isolated from support. Young people living alone after leaving care do not have the support networks they need to see them through and for children and young people living in abusive households, lockdown is tragic.

Barnardo’s is creating Mental Health and Wellbeing Packs to support over 4,000 of the most vulnerable children through this unprecedented crisis.  Packs are age sensitive and could include (but not limited to):

  • Arts and crafts activities
  • Mindfulness activities
  • Sensory items
  • ‘Addressing anxiety’ activities
  • For parents to use: A Therapeutic Treasure Box for Working with Children and Adolescents with Developmental Trauma
  • A Therapeutic Treasure Deck of Sentence Completion and Feelings Cards
  • Meditation strategies
  • Journals
  • Board games
  • Mobile credit

£40 could pay for a Mental Health & Wellbeing Pack for a young person.

We want to do everything possible at SAL to raise as many Mental Health & Wellbeing Packs as we can. To do this, we humbly request your support in helping Barnardo’s raise the urgent funds for these packs by visiting our JustGiving page and help us reach a target of at least 50 packs. Together, we can make a huge difference for those who need our help.

Please share our JustGiving page with friends, family members and professional contacts.


From the SAL Committee and Barnardo’s, we humbly thank you.

BSN/Accenture Legal Internship July 2020

Thursday, 21 May, 2020

BSN is once again delighted to be collaborating with leading professional services/consulting firm, Accenture, to offer an exciting opportunity for BSN student members to undertake a summer internship programme within its legal team.

We invite our members who are aspirational 2nd and 3rd year undergraduate and post graduate students, to apply for the BSN/Accenture Legal internship within the  legal team at Accenture.  The legal team is home to experienced legal counsel in the areas of IP/Technology, transactional, litigation, ethics & compliance and other practice areas.

The two week long internship will take place in two phases:  6 – 17 July and 20 – 31 July 2020.  Participants must be available during both time periods.  Due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19,  this year’s programme will be delivered remotely.  

Participants will be required to have access to broadband.  Accenture intend to provide loan laptops, but participants should have personal ones that can be used in case required.  Preference will be given to students who are currently without training contracts. 

How to Apply:

Send the following by e-mail to using the subject “Application:  Accenture Legal Internship 2020”

1. your latest CV

2. a short cover letter (300 words or less) articulating why you are interested and should recieve this internship opportunity

3. your completed Accenture application form.  Please see guidance notes

We will notify you of the decision by w/c 8 June 2020.  Successful candidates will be required to sign an Accenture non-disclosure agreement before the internship commences.

Application deadline: 5pm, 29 May 2020

Late applications will not be considered

What do previous BSN Accenture legal interns say about the internship?

“It was great to speak to lawyers and get their perspectives on their experience in the legal profession. I loved the sessions on Ventures and Acquisitions, and negotiation. A lot of contacts from Accenture and the people I interned with; we still talk now and it is great to see all our journeys going forward.”

“We participated in an exercise which helped us practice ‘executive presence’ – that is, emitting a sense of leadership, trustworthiness and competence – which helped me discover useful techniques that can be used to feel more comfortable in interview settings and at networking events.”

“[I was] able to receive excellent knowledge and expertise from professionals across many different sectors. The internship [was not] solely law-orientated, as there was much content on technology, business, diversity etc. [I attended] the internship with fellow, like-minded, motivated and driven interns, all on similar career paths/journeys.”

2019 participants