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Retirement Workshops

The journey into the unknown!

BCKR’s short courses for those in the last years of partnership are designed to help lawyers approach their retirement confidently, preparing effectively for the next chapter. They offer both a catalyst for thought – giving the lawyers a chance to take stock and to work out priorities and goals – and practical guidance and advice.  If our advice is followed, the course should greatly enhance the lawyer’s confidence and satisfaction in the early stages of retirement and allow them to avoid the common pitfalls.

Why plan at all?  Targeted planning towards the end of a legal career allows lawyers to:

  • plan effectively and in advance to allow a smooth, successful and enjoyable transition
  • consider and clarify their needs and objectives for the next chapter
  • gain a better understanding of available options
  • set realistic goals for work, family and leisure time in the new chapter
  • develop a strategy to achieve these goals and critically and
  • grow in confidence as they step into the unknown.

What will this particular course offer?  First, we explore the key questions any lawyer should address in the run up to retirement.

We then focus on the specifics of any retirement programme – what they wish to do, what is realistic, and how this can most effectively be achieved.  This may involve creating a portfolio of commercial or not-for-profit activities, or a range of other activities with a very different focus.  Our broad discussion will include guidance on:

  • the lawyer’s personal and professional network – how to improve and leverage it
  • how to best prepare for the next chapter while still in the day job
  • law related second career options – the judiciary, mediation, consulting, mentoring
  • the non-executive world, including trustee and non-executive directorships in charities, and other not-for-profit organisations and in the corporate world
  • study or further qualifications and
  • re-igniting interests and hobbies.

We will also identify and explore resources available to help lawyers on this journey.

What should you do after the course?  The course should leave participants with a clear plan of action for the next stage. They will understand the key issues, will have started thinking through their next steps, and will understand the practical tasks involved.  To be successful, the retirement process requires dedication, commitment and in the initial stages, a degree of self-analysis, but if planned well, will leave each lawyer with a genuine sense of satisfaction at how rich and rewarding the years of ‘retirement’ can be.