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Category Archives: Flexible working

Why changing your job isn’t as daunting as you might think

When’s the best time to ask for flexible working?

There are few firms these days that won’t consider an element of flexible working. We all have busy lives and with advances in technology logging on from home is a doddle compared to 5-10 years ago. Work life balance is important to the large majority

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Continued Demand for Real Estate Lawyers.

How do I become an interim lawyer?

I have worked as an interim legal recruiter for over ten years and during this time I have seen the landscape for interim lawyers within the legal field become increasingly popular. Realistically it is an option for mid and senior level lawyers who for a

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Should I be offering Agile/ Flexible working? The answer might surprise you!

The ability to communicate “electronically” has been widely used by companies to attract top talent. Systems are lauded as being state of the art, modern, the latest technology, geared up for remote working…the list could go on. These “tag” lines are often used as a

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Much Ado About a Brexit?

Are dads pulling their weight?

I am extremely fortunate that my husband (a lawyer) is able to share childcare with me and we are equally responsible for dropping off and collecting our young children. He is a great example of where law firm flexibility works. He works for a top

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A bike commuter’s thoughts on the next generation of lawyers

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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Home is where the heart is!

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

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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What are some of the benefits to a company in hiring an In-house lawyer?

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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Kissing frogs

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?

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.

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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The benefits of taking a holiday from work

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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