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Why Smaller Companies Could Be the Holy Grail for Lawyers
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Why Smaller Companies Could Be the Holy Grail for Lawyers

By Neelam Nasir, Legal Counsel at TMT Analysis.

Leaving the comfort of a large legal team can result in a mix of emotions ranging from apprehension to unadulterated excitement at the opportunity of being involved with something new.

When working for a much smaller but rapidly growing company, it is a prerequisite that you are a good all-rounder and paradoxically the expert in your field.

Within the Legal profession, many part time roles (where they exist of course!) are in reality full time roles loaded into a four-day week which is disproportionately unfair to women. Knowing this, and having seen some of my peers leave the legal profession completely, I decided, that following the birth of my children, I would no longer work in a permanent full-time role, instead opting for a part time role in the hope of getting some form of work life balance again.

One of the main advantages of working for TMT Analysis is not only becoming a permanent member of a team again but also having complete flexibility over how my three days a week are structured.

I caveat the preceding sentence however with a good dose of pragmatism and business reality. We work in a 24-hour society with services always online. If an urgent matter arises, then of course, as a team player, I ramp up but there have been countless times, where I have:

  • changed my working days on short notice;
  • stopped working/cut short meetings because of the school run;
  • made up contracted hours on a non-contracted working day;
  • worked from different locations (including 200 miles away); and
  • worked vastly different hours to the rest of TMT Analysis during a monthly religious observation period.

Working for a growing and young business with a young family is not something that should be discounted, instead it should be curiously and seriously discussed – it may well be the saviour so many Legal professionals with family commitments have been waiting for!

 

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