In response to feedback received from a survey sent to all CLAN members earlier in the year, this session featured a panel of speakers and discussion with guests around work / life balance in the legal profession.
Around 20 female law graduates attended the event, which was organised in conjunction with Katherine Reece-Thomas (Senior Lecturer, City Law School). It was the the third CLAN event held so far, the first in this format.
Jane McNeill QC, Jennifer Haywood and Elaine Chapman each spoke about their experiences as mothers and wives working in law and took questions from attendees.
The discussion centred around balancing the demands of motherhood with the demand to meet billable hours targets, chambers admin, childcare, the importance of planning (if possible) when to start a family and setting goals.
The women who attended but do not yet have families said that having the discussion with a lawyer, a barrister and a QC who have already been through the experience helped them to think about the approaches they will take when the time comes.
The women who had children were glad to share their experiences and pick up a few different tips.
The next CLAN event, open to all female alumni of The City Law School, will take place in the Spring.
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12.00am - 12.00amMonday 23rd November 2009