Return to Work - Legal

This scheme gives councils and experienced barristers, solicitors and legal executives the opportunity to connect to explore job opportunities.

The Return to Work – Legal scheme was developed by the LGA and Government Equalities Office to support councils and legal professionals with recruitment.

Legal professionals


If you are a barrister, solicitor or legal executive, this scheme will give you the opportunity to share your CVs with local authority employers. We cannot guarantee employment, but we are pleased to offer you a way to connect with councils who are eager to work with returning professionals.

There are many benefits to working in a council, such as:

  • flexible working
  • project diversity
  • career progression
  • the chance to help local communities
  • job satisfaction.

To apply, you must:

  • be a qualified barrister, solicitor or legal executive
  • have at least two years' experience.

Our (desired) criteria is that you have:

  • taken a career break for caring responsibilities
  • been out of work for six months or more.

For more information about our scheme, please read our Candidate Information Pack


Sign up

Designed to support councils with the recruitment of legal professionals, this scheme will run a national recruitment drive on your authority’s behalf and give you the chance to connect with experienced barristers, solicitors and legal executives who want to join local government.

The scheme is free and will give you access to the LGA’s online recruitment platform so you can search for returning professionals in your area. You will then be able to review the CVs of those registered and reach out to those who best fit with your organisation. For support to encourage professionals living in your area to apply, please read our communications toolkits for councils and stakeholders.

We cannot guarantee employment matches, but we are pleased to offer you a way to connect with committed professionals who are eager to join councils.

Read our Council Information Pack for more details and sign up today.