Michelle Carnegie had a successful ten year career as an M&A tax lawyer before taking a break to raise her children. She had never envisaged returning to the legal profession. That all changed in 2021 when she found that she could combine quality, challenging work at a prestigious law firm, with family life. We spoke […]
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When Hannah first approached us she knew she wanted to return to law but was equally clear that going back to being a real estate lawyer wasn’t for her. Kristin wasn’t at all sure a return was possible, having been told by recruiters she was wasting her time. Michelle’s priority was finding a role that […]
“Please state your candidate’s salary expectations.” That’s one of the inevitable questions facing us when we upload a candidate’s CV to a law firm’s recruitment portal. It’s not always easy to answer, particularly when we ask the same question of candidates and receive a blank look in return. Where do you start if, for example, […]
“What does a middle aged woman have to offer that a 20-something doesn’t?” It’s a question many of the women I meet ask. And this time it’s something that’s holding them back. I’m too old, surely? Who would want me? What do I have to offer. The short answer: plenty. Get a grip, have some […]
Why your legal career is a lot more flexible than you might imagine “You’re wasting your time.” That was the response of one recruiter when approached by a lawyer with 18 years’ City experience who was looking to find a more generalist role. Her last role was as a commercial litigator, followed by a five […]
Ready to make a career comeback? Here are the six commandments to obey if you want to kick-start your career after taking time out – whether you want to dive back in or start afresh. My own story When I left my job as Director of Communication at a large City firm, I thought that […]
Having a solid legal background can open up all sorts of opportunities. Many of our candidates have used their experience and training in private practice to pivot into new areas. Their knowledge of the law, understanding of how law firms work and insight into the needs of their clients means that they are able to […]
It’s a first! Following her promotion, one of our Reignite Academy alumni, Hannah Edwards, is looking for a replacement. Her return not only opened up a whole new world for Hannah, her promotion now creates opportunities for others. A little background Hannah first approached the Reignite Academy in the summer of 2019. She had always […]
Three years in, 54 women back to work in their legal careers after career breaks spanning anything from two to eighteen years. What have we learnt? The Length of the Career Gap is Irrelevant Elizabeth had a career break of seventeen years before returning to work as a corporate lawyer at Orrick. That’s right: seventeen […]
Who’d have thought it. After all the predictions of doom and gloom on the jobs market, pretty much every legal recruiter I know is currently bemoaning the challenges they face trying to find good people. Happily, we have a solution. Lawyers returning to the workforce after a career hiatus. At the Reignite Academy, we specialise […]