Kim Tasso, founder, Practical Marketing Consultancy

Opinion: Law firms’ flexible working policies – could do better

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  • In my experience, women with children (as it always is) working part-time tend to be under much more stress on the days they do work and have to stop in the office later than their full time colleagues. What annoys me about this article is the fact that it is centred on women with children - are childless women and men not allowed to have a quality of life and work part-time?

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  • I want a successful legal career.

    I want children.

    I do however realize that these goals may at times conflict with one another.

    Life is all about sacrifices though. The last thing I expect is for others to bear the sacrifices resulting from my individual choices. Prioritize and concede on lesser matters, lose the battle to win the war so to speak. If you can't afford to sacrifice by virtue of necessity or longing - work harder. It's a shame qualities like modesty and appreciation for
    what one has are eroding.

    We live in a very fortunate society whereby we are as free as peoples have ever been to achieve our goals. The resulting abundance of opportunities then should be appreciated by selective choice rather than exploited to capitalize on as many as possible.

    It's very self-defeating to impose your wants as needs on others.

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  • I think this is a really badly written article for a start - 'our multi degree education and decades of work experience' - why on earth would the writer assume that this statement applies to all mothers in the legal industry?
    If you have a job that clashes with your personal life you make a choice. Unfortunately that's the way life works. I am a female lawyer without children but I am fully prepared to make the choice when my time comes to start a family.
    What about other professions, female soldiers or air hostesses? When the time comes for them to have children they make a choice. They can either go out and fight in foreign country for six months with a two year old at home or they take on another role.
    If you don't want to make a choice why are you in the profession in the first place? Who can honestly say that when considering your career choices you didn't realise that there would be a clash with family life if you worked for a big multi-national corporate practice? If you didn't you clearly didn't research your chosen career properly.

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  • It's good to see articles like this provoking debate - why are people so keen to turn their careers into their lives? I am more than just the sum total of my parts and I'm certainly more than just my career. what do you want your tombstone to read "Good Lawyer. Never left the office early, never arrived late"? Presentee-ism isn't all it's cracked up to be and I feel quite sorry for those commenting above for whom it seems to be all-important.
    I'd rather be judged on the quality of my work and I make sure I work in an environment where that is what matters. I'm going to enjoy my life (no kids yet, but plenty of other things going on) while I can. As a very good friend advised me years ago, when you're old and infirm, you're not going to be looking back thinking, 'damn, I wish I'd worked harder', but more likely, 'damn, I should have had more fun and shagged around!' Whether that's your thing or not, why give up your life for a career? It is possible to have both. You may even be happier for it.

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