Janvi Patel talks to TimeWise on breaking the mould of delivering legal services
To coincide with the launch of TimeWise’s new website, journalist Heather Greig-Smith has written an article entitled ‘A law unto themselves’ for the Insights sector focus area of the site.
The article interviews some of the female lawyers who are leading change and breaking the mould about the delivery of legal services, including Halebury Chairwoman Janvi Patel.
In the article Janvi talks about how flexibility has been a by-product of the Halebury model. “The logic wasn’t ‘let’s create a flexible model’ it was ‘what does the market need?’” Meanwhile, Dana Denis-Smith founder of fellow alternative law firm Obelisk created her business, which provides clients with non-advisory legal advice either in-house or as remote services, to challenge the assumption that law is an all or nothing profession.
Other contributors to the article are Julia Pyke, Partner at Herbert Smith Freehills, and Vicky Sandry who is Director of Legal for Regulatory & Competition at Sky. Julia made Partner while working part-time but says flexibility means working hard and being available. Vicky has worked part-time for the last 10 years working 3.5 days spread across five days, meaning she is in the office every day but can spend more time with her children. She says Sky benefits in terms of cost, efficiency and staff retention.
All contributors agree that businesses need to acknowledge the benefits of senior people working flexibly as they represent good value, efficiency, and are highly knowledgeable.
Read the full article at: http://timewise.co.uk/article/a-law-unto-themselves/