Firm partners with mum network to break new ground

One online legal marketplace has partnered with the ProfessionalMums network.

Firm partners with mum network to break new ground
Online legal marketplace Crowd & Co is the latest legal business to partner with ProfessionalMums.net, capitalising on the many female lawyers looking to dip a toe in the legal job market after time out of the workforce.

“We’re about a solution for those women who have left the profession and are looking to get back in but find it hard to get back in in a traditional way,” ProfessionalMums.net CEO Kate Mills told Australasian Lawyer.

“If you’ve taken more than a two-year break from the workforce, it can be very hard to get back in through traditional methods.”

ProfessionalMums is a platform for skilled women looking to return to the workforce, or simply seeking a more flexible working opportunity.

There are many barriers for women re-entering the workforce. Confidence is one of them, though often the perception of a drastically different workplace is larger than the reality, Mills said. And while there are many gap-bridging strategies, sourcing contract work can be an extremely useful way.

“That’s often the way that women come back into the workforce, they do a little bit of work and they do it well,” Mills said.

“The nice thing about contract work is that it often gives both sides a chance to ‘try before you buy’.”

As a legal business attracting contract work in particular, Crowd & Co is an ideal fit for a ProfessionalMums partnership.  Speaking with Australasian Lawyer, Crowd & Co CEO Jarred Hardman said the partnership is a ‘win-win’ for clients and lawyers in the network.

“We’re not just a business what we want to do is actually be part of the legal community and support the other organisations that are trying to do something a bit different,” Hardman said.

“We’re currently negotiating and discussing with a number of different associations about partnerships in the legal space.”

Allens, Maddocks and Corrs Chambers Westgarth have previously partnered with the organisation.
 

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