I was a solicitor practising in London for a major human rights practice until 2001. I'd been in practise for 6 or 7 years. I then gave up practise to do a LLM in Human Rights Law.
I am just in the process of completing a PhD in the same topic and I have also had two children - 5 and 2 - in the meantime.
I cannot see me returning to practice. I was a criminal lawyer and the hours just won't fit. Plus, I now live about an hour and a half away from London in very traditional provincial cathedral city which means there is not much need for my skills!
I have done a lot of voluntary (and some paid) work for NGOs in London and I've done a fair bit of freelancing whilst studying. I could apply for posts as a legal officer/researcher etc with human rights organisations but I can't really say I'm in a position to travel to London (where they are all based) and no one seems very happy about homeworking.
I'd ideally like to make a go of the freelance stuff but I know there's no money in criminal law any more.
Would you consider retraining in employment law? The stakes are obviously lower but there are some similarities - it all matters and is quite personal, you're dealing with vulnerable people, and the actual case law is very technical and fast-moving. There is tribunal work which is interesting. But you could do it in school hours.
More importantly, perhaps, there's jobs in it just now and there aren't in many legal field just now.
that obviously... but also the interesting trials tend to be the longer ones.... if you want to do 3 week trials you cant do that part time.... or you can (ie 3 weeks on 3 weeks off or whatever) but for that you need full time childcare so whokle thing becomes financial madness.....
Not really had a week long kidnapping agreed to do it and it cracked will do child abuse cases will book ds in creche in advance.Have had a number of 4 or 5 day cases that have all cracked have nanny as back up.
debs40 - I freelance in your area if you'd like to "talk" cat me. also cat me if this job interests you. I can tell you a lot about it - including re home-working (new policy in place) and flexible working.