Returners to Law is working with the Government, the Law Society and leading employers in the North West of England to support women and men back into the legal sector following extended career breaks.
The Law Returners programme, funded by the Government Equalities Office Returners Fund, is launching on November 14, offering paid professional ‘returnship’ placements. Twenty law firms have signed up to participate in the programme, ranging from local independents to multinational companies. We are proud to be part of this trail blazing initiative, alongside CMS, DAC Beachcroft, DWF, EY Riverview Law, Fieldfisher, Forbes Solicitors, Gateley Plc, Horwich Farrelly, Northone Solicitors and Pinsent Masons. Successful candidates for Law Returners will benefit from a paid six-month professional placement, starting in February 2019.
They will receive coaching from Returners to Law, an internal mentor, technical support and mentoring from the Law Society and a ready-made peer support group. Returners will refresh their skills, experience and networks and will have a strong likelihood of ongoing employment at the end of the programme.
Participating employers will benefit from access to a high-calibre talent pool of legal professionals. Already training has taken place with expert consulting guidance from Returners to Law in order to help us better understand and meet the needs of the returners. If this pilot programme is successful, it will be extended to other regions in the future on a commercial basis.
Carole Jones HR Partner at Express Solicitors, said: “ Today’s employment market is an ever changing environment, careers and progression is no longer linear and encouraging people to return to the Law after a career break is a fantastic initiative, which is why we are so keen to get behind the Law Returners programme. We believe it will allow us to gain access to a strong pool of talent for the benefit of our business and clients.”
Express Solicitors welcomes this initiative, especially as it is starting outside of London, showing the strength of the North West legal employment market.