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Irish Law Society helps lawyers return after career break

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The Law Society of Ireland says it has supported almost 100 solicitors to return to work.

The Returners Programme assists solicitors who after an extended period of leave now plan to return to employment.

Participants include men and women returning after raising a family or having taken a career break for various reasons.

The Law Society says the programme provides supports and tools for a successful return, including managing time demands, identifying personal priorities, matching these to the job market, and finding job opportunities.

It says it has run four Returners Programmes since 2016 and 93 solicitors from across Ireland have completed the sessions "with many successfully re-entering the workforce".

“Starting a new job anywhere can be difficult and for many solicitors returning to the workplace after a career break can be intimidating," Law Society Director General Ken Murphy says.

“People take career breaks for many different reasons and those looking to return to work can often feel isolated. With this programme returning solicitors know they are not alone and that support and advice is available from both our programme leaders and other participants.

“In addition to practical tools, our programme provides a support network of coaches as well as peers. Participants have an opportunity to share their personal experiences, fears and triumphs in a safe, confidential manner and supportive environment,” he says.