Reignite Programme for experienced City trained lawyers

Location East Midlands | Greater London | London | North East | North West | South East | South West | West Midlands
Flex Type Returner Programme
Role Basis Permanent
Company Reignite Academy

Opportunities for Lawyers: London, Surrey, Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol, Norwich, Southampton, Guildford

Calling any experienced lawyers ready to reignite their City careers. 

Are you an experienced lawyer who stepped away from a career in private practice?  Perhaps you took a complete break, worked in-house or perhaps went freelance.  Do you find yourself considering a return, motivated by the desire to get your career back on track, the opportunity for further personal development and, frankly, doing more rewarding work?

The Reignite Academy is a flexible, development-focused programme that helps City trained lawyers return to careers in private practice.  You will join one of our member firms for a six month period of paid training, coaching and work experience in your particular area of expertise.   Part time and/or flexible working is considered for most of our roles.

We are now thrilled to announce that we are open for applications 2021.

Areas of expertise

Our member firms have practices in a range of areas and we therefore seek expressions of interest with anyone with the below backgrounds.

  • Anti-trust/Competition
  • Banking & Finance
  • Construction
  • Derivatives & Structured Finance
  • Funds
  • Asset Finance
  • Commercial Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate – Broad interest in this area across public M&A/ECM, private M&A, joint ventures, private equity
  • Data Privacy
  • Financial Services Regulatory
  • Labour & Employment Law
  • Tax
  • Investment Management
  • Shipping Litigation
  • Private Client – interested in candidates from top tier private client practices.

What support is on offer?

The programme is designed to be a supportive way for you to return to your career. Support is available at each step of the way. First interviews include guidance and coaching on career plans and ensuring your CV best represents you. Upon offer with a member firm you will be supported with pre-commencement training, and a further 3 personal one-to-one coaching sessions over the next 6 months. In addition you will be part of a cohort of people who are all in similar career stages to yourself, providing you with a great support network.

What candidates said about the programme?

“This is an incredible opportunity to get my city career back on track: everyone involved has been able to see beyond what looks like a strangely shaped CV and unusual career path.  And yet for me, taking a break enabled me to come back stronger. I’m grateful for the chance and can’t wait to get started.”

“I can’t believe that people were willing to look at me with such a long gap on my CV.  And I’m so incredibly grateful and excited”


Our doors are open to people who have taken a complete break as well as those who are working but are under-employed or in roles where they are working below their potential.  You need not have trained in one of the member firms.


We are looking for people who are:

  • UK trained and qualified lawyers
  • Enthusiastic about reigniting their private practice law careers
  • Keen to learn and looking for further personal development opportunities
  • Ready for the next phase of their career.

Join us for a free Career Reignite Webinar

We provide practical advice, hints and tips on how to reignite your legal career. We are now running regular webinar sessions on “How to Reignite your Legal Career”  the next one is Wednesday 20th January 2021. Register HERE



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