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Personal development , Careers | Podcast

Law Society Education Podcast: Career vs Family?

30 minFoundation

Presenter Husnara Begum (former City lawyer-turned-career coach) is joined by guests Julian Taylor (senior partner at Simmons & Simmons and an employment law specialist), Isabelle Hung (a clinical psychologist) and Paula Sheridan (a coach specialising in working with female professionals) to discuss how to successfully balance a career as a solicitor with starting a family.

Listen to “Career v family? Is it possible to have both?” on Spreaker.

Transcript available here.

Who this is for


Learning outcomes

SRA competence: A2  +2 more for SRA competence: A2, C1, C3

Learn the tried and tested strategies new parents can adopt to successfully find equilibrium between work and home life.

Topics covered include:

  • Career or baby first? Is there an ideal PQE level to start a family?
  • The importance of discussing options with your other half and getting them on side re shared parenting responsibilities.
  • Maternity leave, paternity leave and parental leave – what are your rights?
  • Career break or return to work? What are the pros and cons?
  • Planning your return to work – practicalities to consider.
  • Tips for discussing flexible work options with your employer.
What this will cover

It is widely acknowledged that combining a legal career with raising a young family can be extremely challenging with many solicitors often struggling to strike a balance between the competing demands placed on them. And for female solicitors, in particular, the timing of starting a family often conflicts with one of the most critical stages in their careers when they are on the cusp of being put on partner track.