Family Court Journalist and Legal Bloggers

The Transparency Project is a registered charity that help make family justice clearer to the public.

They have made a request to join their Family Court Reporting Watch team…

“We are a small team of volunteers with various backgrounds, and we depend upon a small core of practising lawyers who can write authoritatively with an understanding of family law and court practice / process for our Family Court Reporting Watch. Depending on practising lawyers with a court based practice and other volunteers means we can’t always cover everything we would like, and want to be able to cover more cases, and with more diversity of voice. We need to increase the pool of lawyers who can contribute to our Family Court Reporting Watch project.

We know that life in family law is busy and demanding, perhaps more so than ever. But if you would like to join the Family Court Reporting Watch team we’d be thrilled to hear from you. You don’t need to commit to a particular number or frequency of posts and you don’t need to be ‘pro open courts’ to write for us – you just need to see the value in explaining family law and family courts to the public.

We are also always keen to host guest blog posts if there is a burning topic you want to write about or who have attended a hearing under the legal bloggers pilot.

Even if you don’t have time to write for us it would be really helpful if let us know if you see cases that need explanation, or news reports that require correction or clarification which we can try and tackle – and if you could follow us and share and retweet our posts so that they can reach a wider general audience (find us on twitter @seethrujustice and Facebook).


If you think you can contribute to the work of The Transparency Project or if you would just like more information, we can be contacted directly at or via twitter.”


Family Legal Practitioners needed for volunteering opportunity


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Upcoming training day – 2nd March 2019

Right of Women are currently seeking qualified women solicitors, barristers or legal executive volunteers to provide legal advice for their free family law advice lines based in central London.


Rights of Women is a registered charity which aims to increase women’s understanding of their legal rights and improve their access to justice.


Their free telephone advice lines have provided many thousands of women with legal advice and information on a wide range of issues including domestic violence, child arrangements, relationship breakdown and immigration and asylum issues. They could not continue to provide this vital support without volunteer lawyers offering their time and expertise.


The women that they support overwhelmingly provide positive feedback about the advice they receive. Here is some caller feedback:


“I’m glad there is a line we can call for people like me who don’t know anything at all. I know what I can do now.”


“Very grateful, I had no idea what to do before but now I have some direction.”


“Well informed – I was very nervous before calling you, but have been informed well, and now at peace.”


Volunteers must hold a full practicing certificate and have a specialism in family law.  The volunteers will be provided with advice line skills training and we ask for a minimum commitment of one advice session each month. Each advice session lasts 2 hours.


If you or your colleagues are interested, the next training session is on 2nd March 2019 from 10am-4pm. Volunteers will need to apply and be interviewed before their place on the training session is confirmed. You can find out more about the role and how to apply by visiting their website:


Women Returners launches new initiative in partnership with the Law Society

Women Returners has launched a new Law Returners initiative, in partnership with the Law Society, to bring legal professionals back into mid to senior level roles following an extended career break. The pilot cross-company ‘returnship’ will be run in Manchester and Leeds with funding from the UK Government Equalities Office Returners Fund. The programme will run for 6 months from February 2019 with up to 40 participants.

Women Returners is looking to partner with legal employers in or near Manchester or Leeds, who recognise the benefits of diversity and who are interested in accessing this relatively untapped talent pool of returning professionals. If you are interested, find more here and contact as soon as possible. There is a limited number of places still available, which will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

If you are a legal professional with a career break of 12 months or more, register your interest in the programme by contacting and join Women Returners at their launch events in Manchester and Leeds in November. Find out more information here.


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The Reignite Academy

The Reignite Academy is a new initiative promoting women lawyers returning to a City law firm practice. It formed out of a collaboration between CMS, Macfarlanes, Orrick, Reed Smith, Sidley and White & Case.


JAC Upcoming Judicial Competitions 2018

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Look out on the JAC website for judicial appointments. The selection process is currently open!


If you have any queries or need any further details, please contact the Selection Exercise Team by emailing





LawWorks Logo LawWorks is a charity based in the National Pro Bono Centre on Chancery Lane which is itself a “hub” for pro bono charities in the legal sector.

LawWorks believes in the power of pro bono legal advice to help improve the lives of people in need.

LawWorks operates the Choices Project for qualified solicitors. This project is designed to enable unemployed solicitors and those on a career break to take part in pro bono work whilst seeking permanent employment. To find out more, visit the LawWorks website.

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ulaw-primary-strapThe University of Law (formerly The College of Law) arranges mentors for a limited number of students.  There are never enough mentors to match the numbers of students applying, so if anyone is interested, please have a look at the FAQs. You’ll see that the time commitment is a minimum of four sessions, during the academic year, and there is no expectation, that you would provide any work experience, for the mentee. If you would like an informal chat with a member of the AWS committee, who is already a mentor, please contact Jessica Standley at

If you have any other queries or would like to apply please email

Please indicate on the form or in a covering e mail that you are a member of AWS.



Frequently Asked Questions

Would you be interested in mentoring GDL or LPC students? Whatever level of qualification and experience you have, it could be of great benefit to the student and to you.

What is the time commitment?

The time commitment is a minimum of four contacts with the mentees: one of these contacts should be a face-to-face meeting, but the others could be via e-mail or telephone. If mentors are able to offer more than a minimum commitment and/or include a short period of work shadowing, then this benefits the student further, however, this is at the discretion of the mentor and is not expected by the student.

Do I need to provide work experience?

No, in fact, students are given specific guidance on the limits of the mentoring relationship, and are asked not to approach you about work experience at your firm. It is recognised that this would not be possible for many mentors, either because they are fairly recently qualified and do not have this influence, or because of the firm’s recruitment policies etc.

Who would I be matched with?

If you indicate that you are from the Association of Women solicitors, then a female student will be matched with you. There is a reception, facilitated by the University, in November each year to which all mentors and mentees are invited and you will be introduced to your mentee at that event.

Why do solicitors mentor?

Many mentors find it personally satisfying to guide a student through the myriad issues which arise. It is also a worthwhile addition to your own CV and, by attending the November reception for mentors and mentees, it is an opportunity to expand your network of legal contacts.

More Information: What Is Mentoring?

If you would like to find out more please read the attached ‘What is Mentoring?’ document. If you have any queries please contact

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I would like to become a mentor

If you are interested in becoming a mentor please complete the attached ‘New Mentors Details Form’ and return it to

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