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PUBLISHED: 09:21 19 November 2009 | UPDATED: 12:20 07 December 2010

A TOP advisor to business guru Sir Alan Sugar joined Britain s most senior lawyer to inspire a new generation of legal eagles. Margaret Mountford, star of BBC1 s The Apprentice was at the Raising Aspirations event at the University of Greenwich as part o

A TOP advisor to business guru Sir Alan Sugar joined Britain's most senior lawyer to inspire a new generation of legal eagles.

Margaret Mountford, star of BBC1's The Apprentice was at the Raising Aspirations event at the University of Greenwich as part of their Legal Skills Week, which started on Monday.

She was joined by Attorney General Baroness Scotland and Apprentice runner-up Saira Khan, to give over 150 students tips on how to succeed in a tough job market that currently sees one in five young people on the dole.

An advisor to Sir Alan for 25 years, Ms Mountford left the BAFTA award-winning show this year after five series to study for a PhD in papyrology.

Ms Mountford, a trained lawyer, said: "In these economic times it is increasingly important that students leave university not just with a good degree but well-equipped for the world of work.

"Skills Week plays a significant role in raising students' aspirations and in developing an understanding

of the skills which they need, and how to present themselves to prospective employers."

Baroness Scotland spoke to students about how they can get to the top of their profession adding: "As Attorney General, I have a profound interest in the development of young people in our society - they are our greatest asset.

"Raising aspirations is a theme I wholeheartedly endorse and I hope that through all the events during the week, the students will see that barriers faced can also become opportunities to evoke positive change.

"There are no limits and so many possibilities and I'll be watching the careers of the young people here with interest. I wish them every success."

The university's third special speaker, Apprentice runner-up Saira Khan, spoke to students about the importance of self-belief.

Greenwich university's Sarah Greer, Teaching Fellow in Law, said: "Getting graduates into good jobs is a priority for the university.

"This year, our guest speakers have been such an inspiration to the students. It's very important for them to be able to see people from all walks of life who have gone on to achieve great success."

To find out more about studying law at the University of Greenwich, call the course enquiries office on 0800 005 006.

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