Mother, lawyer and leader: How one lawyer aced flexible working

From Lawyers Weekly authored by Tom Lodewyke

“Catherine Brooks (pictured) is a principal specialising in workplace relations at Melbourne-based law firm Moores.

Ms Brooks said she was teary when she told the other principals at the firm about her pregnancy, as she was worried that, like many other women, she would miss out on future leadership opportunities.

However, the response was unexpected.

“One of the principals said something to me which has stuck with me every day: ‘Catherine, you’re not dying, you’re having a baby, you’re still a leader, you won’t lose out on opportunities’,” Ms Brooks told Lawyers Weekly.

With the support of her firm, she was able to stay in touch with her team while on parental leave and transition into an effective flexible working model when she returned.”

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