What is BCKR? BCKR helps senior lawyers (City law firm partners and senior in-house lawyers) who want to serve on a board.
What sort of board? Initially, unpaid roles on the boards of not-for-profit organisations such as charities and public bodies. For those closer to retirement from full time legal work, we also prepare them for roles with more commercial enterprises.
Is this about retirement? No, not just retirement. For some it is preparation for a second career. For others, we encourage them to do something outside the law while they are practising.
Why would they want to do that? Because it is interesting, increases their skills and knowledge of the world and introduces them to commercial decision-making. All of which makes them better lawyers and is invaluable preparation for a second career. And it is a public good.
How old should the lawyer be? The earlier they start, the better. We run programmes for Junior Partners and those in the run up to retirement from law. All ages welcome.
What’s the time commitment of these roles? It varies by the job. Some will have minimal time commitments, but all jobs will expect the individual’s whole-hearted participation.
How does it work? Law firms or companies subscribe for annual membership for individual lawyers. The membership belongs to the individual. Members may also sign up individually.
Can individuals join? Yes, but it works best if the firm or employer supports the idea.
What are the benefits? We hold regular events for members to learn about board appointments, with guest speakers from the not-for-profit, business and headhunting communities. We encourage our members to share their experiences and to meet lawyers who have made the transition. These events provide introductions to help start our members’ own non-executive networks.
What else? The BCKR website carries board appointments suitable for professionals in full time roles and members will also be notified of these vacancies by email.
Anything else? We provide workshops for members to help with CVs, we offer individual one-on-one help for lawyers in the run up to retirement and we offer a Junior Partner programme to help the younger end benefit the most from this approach over their career.
Why can’t a whole firm have access to the organisation? We are forming a community of those who actively want an appointment. There is no limit to the number of lawyers who can become members.
Will it change the world? Yes.