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A&O introduces partner flexi-time to improve female retention
I agree that the fact this story is deemed to be newsworthy is a relection of the state of the profession. I work 4 days and do one of those days at home. My firm has been very supportive since my return from maternity leave. Firms will have to be more flexible and imaginative about working practices otherwise they will lose female staff. We have a lot to learn from our clients in the technology sectors where home working and hot desking is the norm, and not just for working mothers. But (and it is a big but) you do have to be available if necessary on your non working day. Reading emails and taking calls is unfortunately just what is expected, and client's attitudes are not going to change when they are paying our sort of rates.
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