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60-second interview: Mena Ruparel on returning to practice

The solicitor and arbitrator talks to Laura Clenshaw about the pressures of returning to work in the significantly changed family courts

21 August 2015

What are the profiles of the lawyers who are returning to practise in family law?

A lot of them are maternity-leavers returning to practice, but quite often they're not people who were family lawyers before. Quite often we get commercial lawyers who've decided they don't want to go back into the City, and they're requalifying into family law.

What are the emotional challenges for lawyers returning to work after a career break, to any area of practice?

It's difficult because people who leave practice have a perception that they won't be able to get to grips with the changes that have occurred. Confidence can be a real issue, the ability to walk back in and say, 'I can do this', as opposed to 'I don't really know what I'm doing, I don't know if I'm going to go back to practice' - it...

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