National intern award recognises Stone King apprentice solicitor’s ‘impact, confidence and creativity’

February 9, 2024

An apprentice with Bath law firm Stone King has won a national award for the most outstanding intern.

Tag Rowe, pictured, an apprentice solicitor in the law firm’s employment team, was presented with the Alexander Paul Award at an event held by the 10,000 Interns Foundation.

Tag started at Stone King last year through the 10,000 Black Interns scheme, the brainchild of the 10,000 Interns Foundation, before going on to successfully apply for an apprenticeship.

During the event at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium, 25 long-listed candidates, pictured below, who had achieved places on the Foundation’s 10,000 Black Interns scheme were shortlisted to five, with Tag emerging as the winner.

The Alexander Paul Award honours a gifted young man who died from a brain tumour before he could achieve his ambition of becoming a lawyer.

Tag said: “I am delighted to have won the Alexander Paul Award and take inspiration from Alexander’s drive, determination and vision.

“My decision to become a lawyer was based on an instinct and desire to be challenged intellectually, to be part of an amazing team and to solve complex legal problems for clients, all of which I experience daily.

“The 10,000 Interns Foundation plays a key role in championing underrepresented talent, and it was inspiring to be joined by so many exceptional candidates who will, no doubt, have exceptional careers.”

Tag started at Stone King last summer through the 10,000 Black Interns scheme and went on to successfully apply for an apprenticeship, taking up this role last September.

Stone King senior diversity, equity and inclusion adviser Rachel Feilden entered Tag for the award.

She said: “Tag was chosen in recognition of the impact, confidence, inquisition and creativity he showed during his placement at Stone King. 

“Stone King is delighted to be taking part in the 10,000 Black Interns and 10,000 Able Interns programmes again in 2024. 

“We know that talent is everywhere, but, unfortunately, opportunities can be hard to come by, so we want to help showcase the roles available in the legal profession.”

The award was presented by Alexander Paul’s mother Joanna Brown. 

Joanna is a lawyer and was delighted to see the award go to an apprentice solicitor.

The 10,000 Interns Foundation said: “Each year our participating firms nominate their most outstanding talent, the interns that most embody the values that Alexander Paul brought to everything he did.

This award sees us partner with the Alexander Paul Foundation to honour the legacy of a young man who touched so many in his life.”

More than 20,000 people applied to the Foundation’s two 2024 programmes, meaning that, to date, over half the entire population of Black university students in this country have applied to a 10,000 Interns scheme. 

Stone King employs more than 230 people across its offices in Bath, Bristol, Birmingham, Cambridge, Leeds and London.


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