Location: Manchester, Leeds and surrounding areas

Start date: February 2019, with launch events 14-15 November 2018

Programme: 6 month returnship

Women Returners is delighted to partner with The Law Society and leading legal employers to launch Law Returners, a 6-month cross-company returnship programme. The programme is targeted at experienced legal professionals who have had an extended career break of at least 12 months, and who are looking to return to work in private practice and in-house legal departments.

The pilot programme will be based in Manchester and Leeds is supported by the UK Government Equalities Office Returners Fund. The programme will start in February 2019, with 2 launch events in mid November 2018.

Read the Government funding announcement: £500,000 awarded to organisations helping to tackle causes of gender pay gap. If you are an legal employer interested in participating in the programme, see here

How will you benefit from Law Returners?

The paid 6-month programme will enable you to refresh your skills, knowledge and experience, taking on a professional placement, with the possibility of ongoing employment at the end of the programme.

You will receive internal mentoring, together with expert coaching support from Women Returners to help you to transition successfully back into the workplace. As coaching support will be delivered centrally, you will benefit from a large supportive peer network of like-minded professionals.

The Law Society will provide you with technical training, informal mentoring from their Back to Law Ambassadors, networking opportunities and other legal support.

Who are the employers looking for?

The programme is targeted at women and men with a legal background who have taken an extended career break (over 12 months) and who now want to get back into the workforce using their professional skills and experience. Each company will have different additional criteria according to the roles available.

Due to the focus of the Returners Fund, applications are particularly welcome from people who have taken time out to look after children or elderly/sick relatives. You may have been working on a small-scale basis to fit around your other commitments or have not done any paid work for a number of years.

How can you find out more? Launch Events

We are hosting 2 launch events, one in Manchester and one in Leeds, for interested individuals who meet the programme application criteria

Manchester City Centre Event: 14 November (9.30am to 1pm)

Leeds City Centre Event: 15 November (9.30am to 1pm)

The events are free to attend and tickets will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Please book via the links below:

Manchester City Centre Event

Leeds City Centre Event

Other information

It is not a requirement that you attend a launch event to apply for the programme.

Applications for the Law Returners programme will open in mid November.

To register your interest and with any questions please email Hazel at hazel@womenreturners.com