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The Story of a Returners Course Alumni

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A Returners Course alumni talks about her experience and what she learnt from the course.

Three years ago, I attended the Women’s Returners Course at the glorious Eynsham Hall. After having three children, I had left law and run a small business instead. I knew my passion was as a solicitor, but was this still a possibility?

At the course, I met some wonderful delegates, all with interesting stories to tell and some truly inspiring speakers. It was exactly the boost I had needed to take the plunge and reinvigorate my career. I enrolled onto several courses and was fortunate enough to undertake a placement at a city law firm to gain more up to date experience. Within a few months, I had secured two job offers and things were moving at a faster than anticipated pace!

I decided to take a job at the firm I had trained at, as I knew it would be a supportive environment and I was lucky enough to be working alongside one of my trainee alumni. We soon discovered we shared the same values and vision for innovative law practice and client care and decided to take the exciting step of setting up a firm together.

Setting up a firm is a steep learning curve, from SRA compliance to finding the right PII, but it is completely achievable. In November 2016 we became authorised and in January 2017 Allard Bailey Family Law opened for business in central London. The last few years have been a challenging but fulfilling journey and I wouldn’t change it for the world!

Sabrina Bailey of Allard Bailey Family Law

Find out more and book onto the next Returners Course in March 2017

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The Law Society’s Women Lawyers Division supports and advise all women solicitors and aspiring women solicitors, from trainees to retirees, no matter their area of practice.

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