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Meet Helen Martin, who reignited her legal career after a nine year break

Helen had over nine years of post-qualification experience in insolvency and restructuring at firms including Clifford Chance and Sidley Austin before taking a career break in 2012. With three young children, Helen decided to move out of London to Surrey.  There, she took a course in social media and set up a business to support […]

Toddlers off to senior school? Had it with Netflix? The telltale signs you’re ready to reclaim your career.

The realisation that you need your career back It was woman’s hour that did it for me. Not so much that I was bored with it, more the pain of listening to the “Power list”, realising there was no way I’d ever be on it, and wondering why I’d sacrificed my degree and twenty years […]

How to use this crisis to get your career back on track

Never let a good crisis go to waste A famous phrase, often attributed to Winston Churchill.  Whether he did or didn’t utter those words, they definitely resonate right now. At the Reignite Academy, the pandemic stopped us in our tracks.  For a while it felt as though we may have no future.  However, stepping back […]

Reignite Academy Members Deliver on Promise to Hire More Senior Women

The Reignite Academy launched a year ago, with one simple aim: to enable lawyers to get their City careers back on track after a career hiatus.  We chose the name “Reignite” because our aim was not simply to help people return after a complete career break.  We also wanted to provide opportunities for people who […]

Why move from in house back to private practice?

An interview with Anne Todd, who recently made the move Anne is an experienced commercial lawyer, specialising in telecoms, technology and data privacy.  After qualifying in private practice, her varied career has included a number of firsts.  She was General Counsel of Storm, one of the first pan-European wholesale telecoms companies; the first General Counsel of […]

Returnships: a recipe for success

Last week we celebrated success at the FT Innovative Lawyer awards.  The founding members of the Reignite Academy triumphed as winners for Innovation in Diversity and Inclusion.  (I’ll refrain from pointing out that, since women make up more than 50% of newly qualified lawyers, they hardly represent a minority group and settle for the recognition […]