Information for Law Employers

Women Returners has been awarded funding by the UK Government Equalities Office Returners Fund to run the Law Returners programme in Manchester and Leeds. This cross-company returnship, in partnership with the Law Society, will bring 30-40 experienced legal professionals back into mid to senior level roles. This is a pilot programme, with the aim of creating a sustainable business-led model to scale up and apply across other regions.

See TV coverage from our launch event here

We are partnering with 20 law firms in or near Manchester or Leeds, who recognise the benefits of diversity and who are interested in accessing the relatively untapped talent pool of returning professionals: Bailoran Solicitors, Barton Legal Limited, CMS, DAC Beachcroft, DWF, Emsleys Solicitors, Express Solicitors, EY Riverview Law, Fieldfisher, Forbes Solicitors, Gateley Plc, Horwich Farrelly, Northone Solicitors, Pinsent Masons, Robinson Ralph, rradar, Squire Patton Boggs, Tapestry Compliance, Vista Employer Services Ltd and Widdows Pilling & Co

Read the Government funding announcement: £500,000 awarded to organisations helping to tackle causes of gender pay gap

If you are a legal professional wanting to apply for the programme, see here

The Returnship Programme

What are the business benefits?

About Women Returners

Women Returners is a consulting, coaching and network organisation working with employers across sectors to access, support and retain returning professionals. We pioneered the introduction of returnships into the UK and have led the rapid growth of the returner programme market in England. We have partnered with many leading employers including EY, O2, Skanska, Fidelity International, Virgin Media, M&G Investments, The Cabinet Office and The Home Office. We also run a free network for over 4,500 returning professional women.

As the UK experts, we frequently provide expert commentary on women returners and returnships in national media (e.g. BBC R4 Woman’s Hour, The Scotsman, The Sunday Times, The Guardian), at Government/public forums (e.g. APPG Women and Work) and at industry association events (e.g. SIO, Women’s Engineering Society, ICAEW). We have recently co-written best practice employer guidance on returner programmes for the UK Government.

Interested in a Future Programme?

If your organisation is interested in participating in a future Law Returners programme, please email to set up an informational call.