Whether you can move to a part-time role will depend on a number of factors. You will need to assess the philosophy of the company generally towards part-time work and gauge your relationship with your boss. Also take into consideration the length of time you have spent at the organisation and the contribution you have made.
Part-time roles and flexible working arrangements are more common to employees who have been with the organisation for some time and to lawyers whose contribution to the business is widely recognised.
The business case will also need to support the change, but you may find that in the current climate a part-time role may actually suit, given financial considerations and a potentially reduced workload.
If the company can't commit to a part-time role, they may be able to offer you more flexible working arrangements, for example either working from home or non-standard office hours.
John Egerton, manager of corporate at Mahlab Recruitment
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