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Category Archives: Flexible working

Work-life balance – can lawyers now ‘have it all’?

The legal profession has never had much of a reputation for being progressive when it comes to flexible working. When you signed up to being a solicitor, you pretty much knew you were staring down the barrel of long hours and 25 days holidays a

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Flexible working as an in-house lawyer: Myth or reality?

This is a topic that has become increasingly prominent in recent years and it seems each week a law firm is coming up with a new idea to enable its lawyers to access agile working. Unsurprisingly, those law firms that have successfully implemented flexible working

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Flexible working

Flexible working is a term that more and more lawyers are now putting on their tick list when deciding to move jobs. It’s not only working mums (and dads!) coming back from maternity leave, since the right to request flexible working became open to all

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Business is mad not to embrace flexible working*

* According to Steve Varley, Managing Partner and Chairman of Ernst & Young and I must say I totally agree! In a recent article in the Times newspaper Steve Varley commented: “Five years ago flexible work was something we tolerated at Ernst & Young. If

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Flexible Firms

Progressive, forward-thinking, advanced. Are these words you might attribute to law firms? No, me neither. For me, appropriate adjectives might be ‘‘traditional, conservative and conventional’. Having said that, law firms are changing their approach in the way they work for their clients and in the

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Change of circumstances? Need to request flexible working?

During your working life there may come a time whereby your personal circumstances change which has a knock on affect to your job. It may be that you have children, and it is necessary to work around nursery pick ups and drop offs. Or perhaps

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Do the maths…then things will add up and fall into place.

When considering a move into a new role it is important to have done the math into how this would affect you and perhaps your family. This may sound like an obvious thing to do of course you know the level of salary you would

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Flexible Working…

As a legal recruiter who focuses on interim hires into law firms in London it was with great interest that I recently read an interesting article about flexible working in The Lawyer. Having recruited into this market for the last 10 years it was refreshing

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In the office all hours? Find a firm that works for you…

Increasingly, forward thinking employers are seeing the benefit in allowing their employees flexible working arrangements. Whether this be part-time hours, job shares, compressed hours, flexi time or remote working. Technological advancement means that we no longer need to be in the office to work, we

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Life After Maternity Leave

I have recently returned to work after 6 months maternity leave and speak from experience when I say it can be traumatic particularly if it’s your first child. The organisation that must go into that first day is huge, and that’s before you even get

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“Flexibility” – the great taboo

Having spent the morning at the DLA’s WIN event “Making the Board Room Pitch – How to Prepare for a More Senior Role”, in which BCL’s Victoria Moore was on the panel, I was struck by how the word “flexibility” divided the audience. Why is

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Chasing the elusive work-life balance

2014 has seen a huge upturn in the legal market in the UK. The transactional market is buoyant and lawyers are gaining good quality work across the spectrum, from corporate and banking transactions to commercial property instructions which are keeping lawyers within the top tier

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