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Some firms to offer ‘returnships’ to lawyers who have taken a career break

19th November 2018


Women Returners has partnered with the Law Society and 20 legal employees to develop a new returnship programme for lawyers. The programme is aimed at experienced legal professionals who are looking to return to work after an extended career break of 12 months+ and are keen to get back into private practice.
There will be up to 40 paid placements, running for 6 months between February 2019 to July 2019, with placements available in Manchester, Leeds and the neighbouring areas. The firms involved range from large international city law firms to smaller local firms.
The 20 participants are: Bailoran Solicitors, Barton Legal Limited, CMS, DAC Beachcroft, DWF, Emsleys Solicitors, Express Solicitors, EY Riverview Law, Fieldfisher, Forbes Solicitors, Gateley Plc, Horwich Farrelly, Northone Solicitors, Pinsent Masons, Robinson Ralph, rradar, Squire Patton Boggs, Tapestry Compliance, Vista Employer Services Ltd and Widdows Pilling & Co.
The Law Returners programme is a government-funded scheme and provides the successful participants with internal mentoring as well as technical training from both Women Returners and the Law Society's 'Back to Law Ambassadors'. Even flexible working options could be made available.
The recruitment process:
Stage 1: Send your CV & cover letter to the company you are interested in, see relevant links here: http://wrpn.womenreturners.com/law-returners/
 
Stage 2: Have a telephone screening interview.
Stage 3: Attend a cross-company assessment day in Manchester on 10th December; or Leeds on 13th December 2018. If you have applied to more than 1 company they will attempt to schedule your interviews on the same day, but this is not guaranteed.
Julianne Miles, managing director of Women Returner, said:
“It can be very daunting trying to get back into work after a long career break. Many people who are highly skilled, well-qualified and with considerable business experience struggle to find the right opportunities.”
“Following the rapid growth of returner programmes in sectors such as financial services, telecoms and construction, it was an obvious next step to extend a concept with proven success into the law sector. The concept of returnships is less established in the north of England. But interest in the programme has been high, with 20 law firms large and small signing up for this pilot programme.”
Applications close on the 25 November. They are particularly keen to hear from lawyers who have taken time out to look after children or elderly/sick relatives.