Law and motherhood

Catherine Baksi in the Times considers the challenges for women who are both lawyers and mothers, highlighting the case of Charley Pattison at Albion Chambers who arranged breaks during a trial so she could breastfeed, saying this “shows that the traditionally conservative and male-dominated legal profession is being dragged, kicking and screaming, into the modern world.” Ms Baksi says that law struggles to retain women, particularly after they have children, but notes that some firms and barristers’ chambers have implemented policies in recognition of the need to change. She highlights flexible practices at Coram Chambers and Hodge Jones & Allen. Zena Soormally Bolwig of Simpson Millar voices concern over some firms, saying they claim to have flexible working but have no supportive infrastructure and ethos.

The Times, Page: 57


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