The majority of Setfords consultants have school-age or dependent children.
A big question – What do you value most in life? Family, friends, travel, challenges won, successes earned…?
Where did the office feature in that collage? How about your daily commute? Your boss?
Probably not at all.
This begs the question – why do we continue to devote so much time, energy and resource to careers that actively work against what’s most important to us?
We recently asked our consultant lawyers a similar question. What was it that made them choose consultancy? The answers unveiled what lawyers really value, and why they felt a traditional legal career was working against them.
Flexible consultancy means putting family first
As any ambitious lawyer knows, a legal career doesn’t always marry with family life. But in our survey, the key reason cited by our lawyers for becoming a consultant was to allow more time for family and personal relationships.
Traditional practice was not allowing them to build a lifestyle that welcomed children.
A fifth said consultancy helped them return to work after having children.
Both mums and dads made clear that childcare, and being able to enjoy time with their children was the major benefit of consultancy. The combination of flexible and remote working has allowed consultants to put family first, when it’s been most needed.
Freedom to return to work, on your own terms
Recent reports of an unfair gender pay gap in legal services has again turned the spotlight on the lack of support for women, and mothers throughout their career.
“By the time a first child has reached the age of 20, mothers earn almost a third less per hour, on average, than similarly educated fathers, according to research from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) undertaken for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.” The Guardian
The Setfords’ model does away with all unjust reward structures. Women are paid the same as men, mothers as much as fathers. Crucially, we actively support lawyers who want to return to work following a break.
We will help you put family first.
So maybe it’s no great surprise, and certainly no secret that the key reason consultants choose this model is that it enables them to put family first.
If you are an ambitious, talented lawyer looking for a career that puts your values first, get in touch and let’s talk.