The legal sector is characterised by long working hours, and the constant fight to maintain a work-life balance is no secret. Yet, the demand for flexible working practices is growing.

The legal sector has always been one of long working hours, and the constant fight to maintain a good work-life balance is no secret. When your business relies so heavily on responding to client’s needs, it’s inevitably not always easy to work remotely or have flexible start and finish times.

However, the demand for family friendly and flexible working practices in this industry is growing.

We’ve carried out extensive research, in partnership with My Family Care, and compiled a snapshot report outlining our findings into flexible and family friendly working in the Legal Sector, which you can download here.

Our key findings:

  • Lawyers are less likely to be working flexibly. And in fact, private practice lawyers are even less likely to be working flexibly.
  • There’s still a lot of stigma – 35% of lawyers would now feel comfortable talking to their employer about flexible working.
  • Only a third of lawyers were made aware of flexible working options before they began their current job.
  • Yet 81% of lawyers said that they’d actively look for flexible working options before joining a new company

Read more about what we found, plus stories from some of the firms leading the way in this area, such as Baker & McKenzie, Ignition Law and Simmons & Simmons, in the full report.

About the author



Becky Morgan

Director, Hydrogen Group

With over 14 years' recruitment experience, Becky manages Hydrogen's Private Practice team in the UK as well as the Ireland, Middle East and Offshore teams. Prior to this, she led the in-house Industry & Commerce team and focussed on placing lawyers into the Media sector. Becky is a firm believer in building relationships with clients and candidates who share Hydrogen’s values of integrity, innovation and passion. She’s developed the legal practice to become one of the largest and most well respected global legal recruitment specialists in the market. In the last 12 months her team have relocated 80 candidates to the Middle East, UK, Offshore, Asia and Australia from 17 countries.