Do-s and Don’t-s for Career Break Return Women Lawyers

Here is the link to my latest blog on behalf of Oxford Women in Law (OWL), founded in 2014 as a network for Oxford Law Alumni of all genders. It covers the do-s and don't-s of career break returners in law and includes my top tips for overcoming the most common...

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Wellbeing at Work: What’s your Strategy?  

Barristers in the grip of a mental health crisis According to an article in The Guardian (6.5.18), Barristers in England and Wales are “in the grip of a mental health crisis”. A survey for The Bar Council reveal that nearly half of participating counsel said they...

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Coaching or Mentoring: Which is right for you?

Coaching and Mentoring: An established need for Women to support other Women I have recently delivered coaching workshops to several membership groups for female lawyers. Notably, the Women in Criminal Law and Women in the Law UK groups have, as part of their...

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Choosing Positive over Negative: Making a Conscious Choice

Unconscious Bias An American Business School Case Study undertaken in the Noughties examined perceptions of men and women in the workplace. An identical (and truthful) story about a successful venture capitalist was told to the students with only one detail changed to...

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Positive Mind, Positive Outcomes

Helpful Habits & Behaviour? Have you ever examined whether the habits and behaviour you have formed over time actually help or hinder in getting to where you want to be? If you consider how you might adopt a different approach, how might that also effect a...

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Improved Wellness at Work: Tips for a happier life in law

    "Busy-ness" I recall one morning, on one of the last occasions I was enjoying the usual robing room banter with Bar colleagues waiting for my case to be called on at Bradford Crown court, overhearing countless lawyers greeting one another. It caused me...

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Busy 24/7 Lives

2 24/7 Living Listening to the Radio today the Arcade Fire song “Everything Now” stopped me in my tracks. How many of us are wrapped up in this pressure-laden world of clients needing “everything now”, where we’re on call 24/7 because we’re accessible to them, and the...

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Coaching Female Lawyers: Women Being Women

Old School Senior Female Lawyer Role Models International Women’s Day has doubtless caused many a working woman to reflect on their experiences to date. As a senior Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Prosecution Barrister, I experienced nearly 20 years of life as a...

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Your USP is You: Knowing your own worth and how to get it

You’re Worth It! Gender Pay Gap As a 40+ year old woman, having taken extended maternity leave and experienced the perceived “negative impact” on career progression and income, I wasn’t surprised to learn the gender pay gap in UK for women in their 40s is around 25%...

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Sea Change

Changing and Learning During the two and a half years that I have been on extended maternity leave I have been learning so much about little people, and indeed myself. The unconditional ease with which you prioritise, as though your life depends on it, another human...

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24/7 Businesses: Finding Focus from Fog

Everything Now Listening to the Radio today the Arcade Fire song “Everything Now” stopped me in my tracks. How many of us are wrapped up in this pressure-laden world of clients needing “everything now”, where we’re on call 24/7 because we’re accessible to them, and...

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Business Coaching: An introduction, and the benefits

  Coaching defined A conversation between 2 people during which the Coach assists the Coachee move from where they currently are to where they want to be, more quickly and effectively than if they had acted alone, thereby supporting the Coachees achievement of...

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