Palm trees, a beach and the sea on a sunny day

Palm trees, a beach and the sea on a sunny dayBucket and spade – check, speedos – check…… Work phone and laptop with full remote login capabilities… Hmmm.

Two shoes - formal and casual that represent work and a social life

Two shoes - formal and casual that represent work and a social lifeThe human resource management strategies embraced by large law firms run the gamut from the cynical to the effective, but many are at least ostensibly designed to improve work–life balance.

Fitting In At Work Can Be Like A Square Block, Or Peg, In A Round Hole

Fitting In At Work Can Be Like A Square Block, Or Peg, In A Round HoleChoose the firm you work for wisely and your job satisfaction levels, work–life balance and overall well-being will be the envy of your peers. Choose poorly and you could face 40-plus years of Monday-morning dread.

Press Enter for New Skills.

Press Enter for New Skills.In the face of changing client demands, increased competition, and the aftermath of a financial crisis or two, law firms are necessarily re-examining their tactics.

4 people using social media with icons showing how much people use social media for.

4 people using social media with icons showing how much people use social media for. Over the past five years there has been a steady increase in the number of in-house counsel using social media as a platform for conducting research and connecting with external lawyers. Indeed, studies have revealed a shift on the part of in-house counsel to social media in place of a reliance mainly on blogs.

A new breed of creative, tech-savvy lawyers are emerging. A freelance worker sat in a cafe working on a laptop.

A new breed of creative, tech-savvy lawyers are emerging. A freelance worker sat in a cafe working on a laptop.According to the IPSE, the EU's largest association for independent workers, the UK has over 4.6 million self-employed workers, a significant leap from the 1.9 million estimated in their previous report

It's a good time to be a newly qualified solicitor (NQS)

If you are a newly qualified solicitor (NQS) in London these days, the outlook for the immediate future is bright.

As a lawyer does the work life balance exist?

Almost no one pursues a career at a big law firm without knowing what they’re getting into: long working hours, forgone holidays and stressful projects are par for the course. The culture of hard work is so entrenched that it has produced a flexibility stigma whereby reduced hours are associated with negative competence assumptions. Schedule creep is another hazard, as part-time work slowly transforms into full-time without a corresponding salary rise. It should be said that some firms have made attempts to improve the current status quo, but as we move more deeply into 2016, there are two factors that hint in the direction of a deteriorating work-life balance.

Occupational stress faced by Lawyers

All careers involve an element of occupational stress, but lawyers seem to face more than their fair share. As they are so often engaged only after a serious problem arises or once negotiations reach a formal stage, the work can be messy, complex and time-sensitive. What is more, modern developments in legal practice are increasing pressure on fee-earners.