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Virtual Law Firms and The Working Mum by Venisha Shah

By in All Blogs, Family Law Category on April 30th, 2013

Victoria Beckham revealed this week how demanding she finds the challenges of life as a working mum. This story resonated with me on many levels. My first thought was “join the club!” I then began to think of the army of support she must have around her, including housekeepers and nannies, not to mention the beauticians, who can ensure that she looks immaculate, unlike the unkempt appearance of many mothers who are running late for the school run and an important meeting. I think it’s admirable that, despite her fortune, she still has a strong work ethic and wants to try to combine the role of mother with that of business woman. Ultimately, the team of support which she has around her can never replace her role as her children’s mother. Therefore, the much reported guilt felt by the working mum, is a factor that transcends salary bands and economic classes, and as such, interests me enormously.

I began working for The Law House following Maternity Leave, nine months after the birth of my daughter. It had originally been my plan to return to the role I had left, as a lawyer at a traditional family law firm, until I read The Law House recruitment advertisement.

The advert seemed to reflect a firm which actively encourages a work life balance and it seemed to speak directly to me as I felt the familiar sense of panic rising at the thought of returning to long, labour intensive days in an office, followed by long evenings preparing cases. I had always known that I wanted to be a ‘working mum,’ having been inspired by my own mother’s incredible work ethic.

The Law House has met and exceeded all of my expectations in solving this lifestyle dilemma. I still work extremely hard and deliver an excellent service to my clients and I am still building a career that is rewarding and satisfying. In fact, I probably work more hours now than ever, as I often meet with clients in the evenings, when they return home from work or at the weekends, as well as during the working day but the difference is that these are the hours of my choosing. This means I can offer clients a degree of flexibility which is not offered by traditional law firms and I am also able to structure my working life to accommodate the demands of a baby and a family life. I get to do bath times and bed time without the rush.

The time it takes to qualify as a lawyer is long and expensive. Many women solicitors feel they have to sacrifice hard earned careers, in order for them to have a family. I did not want to look back in ten years time and realise that I had missed the magic of my daughter’s childhood.  I want to be a great role model to my daughter to let her know that it is possible to “do it all” without sacrificing your sanity. Working for The Law House means that I still have the career and hopefully will have a great relationship with my daughter and I get to see all the firsts.

There are still challenges but the point is, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I can’t afford the entourage to equal that of Victoria Beckham but working with The Law House I have choice and that is priceless- long may it continue.

To speak to me, you can ring me on 020 8899 6620 or e-mail me at vshah@thelawhouse.com