Stone King: Apprentice wins national award

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

Tag Rowe, an apprentice solicitor currently working in the law firm’s Employment Team, scooped the Alexander Paul Award at an event held by the 10,000 Interns Foundation.

Tag started at the firm 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.

The event at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium saw twenty-five long-listed candidates who had achieved places in the Foundation’s 10,000 Black Interns scheme shortlisted to five, with Tag emerging as the winner for his work at Stone King.

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.

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

“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 in the summer of 2023 through the 10,000 Black Interns scheme and went on to successfully apply for an apprenticeship, taking up this role in September 2023.

Rachel Feilden, Stone King’s Senior Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Adviser, entered Tag for the award.

“The award is given to the most outstanding intern from the 2023 10,000 Black Interns cohort,” 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 Alexander Paul Award was presented by Alexander’s mother, Joanna Brown. 

Joanna is a lawyer and was delighted to see the award go to an Apprentice Solicitor.

Of the award, the 10,000 Interns Foundation says:

“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.”

Over 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. More here on the 10,000 Interns Foundation.