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DameCelia Tue 05-Feb-19 20:50:44

I'm returning to work after a two year break, 8 years PQE but due to being a second career lawyer I'm in my early fifties.
I've decided I don't want to return to High Street practice, in fact I don't want to go back to the law necessarily. Has anyone left the law and had a different career?
All ideas welcome; I have wondered about Civil Service, Financial Compliance, becoming a Notary..................... any other ideas?

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rumpusboo Tue 12-Feb-19 18:30:37

I'm a qualified barrister and took a 6 year career break from the law to raise my family. When my children were younger, I had a part time admin job to keep me sane! I joined the civil service 8 months ago and it's going really well. My role is a legal caseworker role so I am using my legal skills while having the flexibility to spend time with my family. Once in the civil service, there are opportunities to progress. I have recently applied for and been offered a more specialised litigation role. Whilst the salary is much lower than I earned as a barrister, I have really good work life balance with 2 days working from home each week and look forward to going to work every day.

Wizotto Tue 12-Feb-19 18:33:37

Data protection compliance, if you can bear it, is an area with lots of opportunities right now and a background as a lawyer is obviously a good start. Compliance generally I should think and could be more flexible.

ceeveebee Tue 12-Feb-19 18:34:22

Company Secretary? Needs a mix of corporate law, finances, Hr, risk, insurance etc - I moved into at after a career in accountancy but most are ex lawyers

DameCelia Tue 12-Feb-19 18:37:38

Thanks for the replies, all interesting options. Time to do some research.

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