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The FT says the Reignte Academy has come to the fore in City law firm returnships

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This article on the Thrive Global website sets out why it’s dangerous to make assumptions about people returning from a break.

Read the results of our roundtable discussion on the ways in which General Counsels and Senior Partners can collaborate to improve diversity, published in Legal Business World

Read this piece by Lisa Unwin in response to a Woman’s Hour episode on ageism in the workplace.

Our co-founder, Lisa Unwin, talks to the Sunday Telegraph about changing careers mid-life

Our co-founder, Melinda Wallman comments on this piece in the FT.

The Lawyer runs an article about the initial Reignite Academy pilot programme.

Newsletter Articles

A little over a year ago, we had this wild idea that we could persuade a number of City law firms to combine forces to put on a returner programme for ‘career break’ lawyers looking to reignite their City careers.

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Now that the pretty amazing Easter break is over, it’s time for us to get serious about our campaign to find more lawyers who are ready to reignite their careers. We have opportunities at nine new member firms and between them they have roles for people in a wide variety of practice areas, so please do spread the word.

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Turns out we’re not here by accident. Back in 1992, this article from The Lawyer reports that City firms actively ruled out planning to help lawyers return after extended breaks. They wouldn’t be required as “the majority of women leaving to have babies come back very quickly …”

Well, we know how that one played out.

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June was mostly about story telling. Beginning with us writing up the stories of the twenty-six candidates we’re putting forward to our new member firms for consideration as part of the next Reignite Academy programme, which will run September 2019 to March 2020.

Why stories and not CVs?

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Reignite Academy wins the overall Grand Prix as well as the Excellence in Direct Recruitment award at the 2019 HR in Law Awards

Our pilot member firms have been shortlisted for the 2019 FT Innovative Lawyers Awards Europe for the creation of Reignite Academy programme

The Reignite Academy and member firms are shortlisted for the Law Society’s Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Award 2019

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