Linklaters has piloted maternity coaching in an attempt to retain more of its female staff.
The year-long pilot saw 11 women in senior roles, including partners, business managers and senior associates, coached during their pregnancies and after the births.
The magic circle firm’s HR manager Rachel Street said, with women now making up more than half of Linklaters’ trainees, it was important to find ways of retaining them.
“In the current climate all law firms are looking to keep hold of their more talented lawyers,” explained Street. “Maternity coaching is one way of keeping women who are talented, but who also want to be mothers, as they learn that you can do both. If through maternity coaching we can keep even two or three lawyers, it means that the investment we’ve put into them has been worth it.”
Street, who has been through the coaching herself, said the benefits for her have included realising that the amount of time she has to spend in the office is far less than she anticipated. She added: “It also helps mums to try and get over the guilt of being a working mum.”
The availability of maternity coaching firmwide is under review, but the firm does already offer business and general coaching for staff.
“Coaching generally is there for anyone who feels that they’re at a pivotal moment in their career,” added Street.