London - Mayer Brown hosted the first conference on tackling youth homicide organised by the GoodHope Training and Consultancy (a trading subsidiary of The Jimmy Mizen Foundation) at its Bishopsgate office in London yesterday as part of the firm's wider commitment and support of community projects.

With young men aged 16 to 24 four times more likely to becoming victims of violent crime than the general population, The Jimmy Mizen Foundation Conference brought together leading professionals from multiple agencies across the public and charity sector to debate ways to change young peoples attitudes towards homicide and prevent them from becoming perpetrators and victims.

Conference speakers included Barry Mizen MBE and Margaret Mizen MBE, founders of The Jimmy Mizen Foundation and parents of Jimmy who was murdered in 2008; Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor, Chris Grayling; Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan Howe; the High Sheriff of Greater London, Kevin McGrath; Professor of Criminology and Deputy Director of the Centre for Criminology at the University of South Wales, Dr Fiona Bookman; and the former Deputy Assistant Commissioner at the Metropolitan Police, Bill Griffiths.

In his opening address Barry said: "This is the Foundation's first conference and one of the primary objectives that we have is to help change the narrative and way in which we talk about the issues related to violent youth crime. Jimmy's legacy is one of hope and peace, which underpins everything that we do at the Foundation, and through this conference we want to provide a platform that focuses on early intervention and a positive narrative about the issues affecting the lives of young people instead of retribution, fear and longer sentences."

In addition to hosting the event, Mayer Brown announced its plans to work with The Jimmy Mizen Foundation as part of its ongoing programme of activities that promote justice and opportunity within the local community. The collaboration will see the firm work with the Foundation on a variety of projects designed to inspire and raise the aspirations of young people.

Commenting on the conference and the firm's work with the Foundation, Sean Connolly, London Senior Partner at Mayer Brown said: "We were proud to host the first conference of The Jimmy Mizen Foundation. Its mission to facilitate peace and understand the motivations for youth violence whilst engaging in meaningful dialogue with young people on solutions that will make London and other UK cities safer are to be commended.

"Mayer Brown is keen to be part of those solutions and we look forward to working in partnership with the Foundation to support and further its ongoing work."