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Helping the profession get back to work

SBA The Solicitors’ Charity has been working at the heart of the legal profession for nearly 160 years, helping to ensure that no solicitor is unsupported in times of need or crisis.

The charity has always supported colleagues whose careers have been prematurely curtailed by illness, accident or adversity.  In recent years, however, there have been different needs arising within the legal workforce, as a result of market contraction and associated job loss.

SBA’s response has been to partner with specialist outplacement provider – Renovo – to provide a structured three-month programme of holistic career, job-search and well-being support. This gives you access to one-to-one coaching (by telephone, skype or email) with a dedicated Career Coach who can provide assistance in areas such as assessing your options, selling yourself effectively on your CV, preparing for interview and identifying the best job-search methods for your needs.

This is supported by an online portal, with unlimited access to a wealth of on-demand online resources including Career Assessments, CV Builder and Interview Simulator, along with 24-7 emotional and well-being support.

The programme is not specifically geared around legal practice.  This allows participants scope to exploit the wealth of transferable skills that lawyers typically develop during their training and practice, so that your potential for re-employment is as wide as possible.  One of the most important benefits our participants report from being on the Renovo programme is a boost in self-esteem and self-confidence, often much needed if there have been bruising experiences after redundancy or job loss.

Finally, the individuals we refer to Renovo are usually provided with (modest) financial support from SBA while they are on the programme, to help focus on job-search and alleviate at least some of their day-to-day money worries.

Who can apply?

We can consider referring you to Renovo if:

  • You are a solicitor (current or former) on the Roll for England & Wales
  • Your total household income is below the level indicated by the relevant ‘Minimum Income Standard’ calculation
  • You are not already in full-time work
  • You do not have access to liquid assets of more than £10,000
  • You are ready to commit to structured training and your motivation to engage is strong.

You can learn more about the Renovo service and how it works here – you can also see what one solicitor participant had to say about her own experience of the programme in this case study.  If you have any questions, you are more than welcome to call us, in confidence, to talk things through on 020 8675 6440.

How to apply

The fastest way to apply is via our online application form.  Alternatively you can download and print the form and return it to us when completed.  All applications are considered by a committee which meets monthly.

“Without SBA and the Renovo programme, I would not have secured my job and begun to believe in my worth again.”

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