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Practitioners reveal how they balance the demands of their professional and personal lives. What hours do you work and where? We job-share a position. Angela is in the office Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, and Lynda is in Tuesday and Friday. Why do you work flexibly? A: My oldest son has just commenced primary school and my youngest son is in kindergarten. Flexible work arrangements allow me to remain active and involved in their lives, while also achieving personal and professional fulfilment in my career. L: Working flexibly means I can continue to have a legal career that is dynamic and rewarding and spend time with my children (aged 9, 7 and 4). How does your organisation accommodate flexibility? A: I am one of several staff chasing work/life/family balance, whether through part-time employment, a job-share arrangement or technical support to work remotely. This flexibility is all the more necessary in litigation, with filing deadlines, court hearings, mediations and conferences. L: Angela and I job-share our role. It's a two way street – we are afforded flexible working arrangements and at the same time we offer flexibility. We monitor emails remotely and are on-call for urgent matters and important deadlines on our days off.

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