Stevens & Bolton becomes first firm outside London to join innovative Reignite Academy

Stevens & Bolton is delighted to announce it has become the first firm outside of London to sign-up to the Reignite Academy, the initiative which provides opportunities for lawyers who have taken a break from their careers to return to private practice.

Launched in September last year, the Academy provides successful candidates with a six-month paid period of work experience and training with a view to 'reigniting' their careers. The initial programme received applications from 70 lawyers, with 10 lawyers placed within member firms in January 2019 to start their work placements.

The firm has joined the programme alongside eight more City firms: Herbert Smith Freehills, Hogan Lovells, Mayer Brown, PwC, Shearman & Sterling, Simmons & Simmons, Slaughter and May and Travers Smith. Each firm sees this as an important part of their future talent strategy and an opportunity to use a new avenue to find experienced, talented lawyers.  

Richard King, Managing Partner at Stevens & Bolton, commented: “We pride ourselves on attracting and nurturing first-class talent in order to deliver first-class work for our clients. As a firm located outside the capital, we are a hub for talented City lawyers who value the City-calibre work we can offer, just without the London postcode.

“It is important to recognise that successful career trajectories are not always linear. Legal careers may be temporarily put on hold for a variety of reasons, including to pursue other business opportunities, but this should not be an impediment to a return to the legal industry when the time is right. Supporting these professionals as they reintegrate back into private practice is essential.

“We are delighted that the Reignite Academy is gaining momentum and helping our industry benefit from the experience and talent of all legal practitioners. We are honoured to join the Academy and our fellow members in our shared ambition to attract, retain and develop the very best lawyers.”

Further information about The Reignite Academy can be found on their website: https://reigniteacademy.co.uk

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