find the latest legal job
Banking Associate - 1-6PQE - Allen & Overy
Category: Banking and Finance Law | Location: United Kingdom
· Banking Associate - 1-6 PQE - Allen & Overy
View details
Academic Dean and Head of School of the TC Beirne School of Law
Category: Other | Location: Brisbane QLD 4000
· An outstanding opportunity · Provide educational, research and organisational leadership
View details
Senior Property Lawyer I Commercial Litigator
Category: Property Law | Location: Arncliffe NSW 2205
· Rapidly growing law firm, working with a highly experienced team in a high growth industry across all areas of property and strata law
View details
Senior Property Lawyer I Commercial Litigator
Category: Property Law | Location: All Sydney NSW
· Rapidly growing law firm, working with a highly experienced team in a high growth industry across all areas of property and strata law
View details
Senior Property Lawyer I Commercial Litigator
Category: Property Law | Location: Sydney NSW 2000
· Rapidly growing law firm, working with a highly experienced team in a high growth industry across all areas of property and strata law
View details
Working from home key to keeping women in office

Working from home key to keeping women in office

The head of Queensland’s peak body for women lawyers has told Lawyers Weekly that more women would stay in the profession if they were offered the ability to work flexibly.

The head of Queensland’s peak body for women lawyers has told Lawyers Weekly that more women would stay in the profession if they were offered the ability to work flexibly.

In June, Natalia Wuth (pictured) was elected president of the Women Lawyers Association of Queensland (WLAQ).

Wuth, an in-house lawyer at Suncorp, said women still face significant hurdles in gaining senior positions within the legal profession.

“Australia does have strong processes for the protection of women’s rights, but there are still gaps in relation to the advancement of women in the law,” she said.

Wuth cited the high rate of female attrition within the profession and low numbers of female partners and silks as evidence that women still face many obstacles to career advancement.

In Queensland, only five of 126 silks in the state are women.

Wuth said that all arms of the profession need to provide more flexible working options and offer greater support to women returning from maternity leave in order to remove those obstacles.

“Women who choose to have families and careers need to be supported in this choice, they need to be given an equal opportunity to pursue both of these elements in their life,” she said, adding that in order to help women achieve this, it was important they had choices to work flexibly and from home.

“Firms and organisations have the responsibility themselves for programs that actively support women’s advancement.”

Last month, Australian Women Lawyers president Kate Ashmor told Lawyers Weekly that Australia’s inaccessible childcare system is stopping lawyers and barristers from returning to work after maternity leave.

She urged employers to support women returning to work after maternity leave by not setting meetings and deadlines between 8am and 9am or after 5pm, to avoid clashing with childcare drop-off and pick-up times.

Wuth said that part of her brief as the president of the WLAQ would be to ensure the profession understood it would be stronger with greater diversity.

“Appropriate tools are required to overcome the remaining obstacles to advancement,” said Wuth. “That is one of the reasons why WLAQ continues to exist.

“We facilitate those opportunities.”

Coral celebration
This year mark’s the 35th anniversary of WLAQ, with a dinner at Brisbane’s City Hall scheduled for 19 October to mark the occasion.

Traditionally, gifts featuring coral or jade mark a 35th anniversary.

“It will be a fantastic evening, a special evening and one to remember,” said Wuth.

Four awards will be handed out on the evening, including the prestigious Queensland Law Society’s Agnes McWhinney Award.

Last year, that Award was won by Kelly Roggenkamp.

Like this story? Read more:

Book commemorates diamond milestone for WA law society

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

Working from home key to keeping women in office
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
Gavel, legal book, criminal lawyers
Jan 19 2018
Three criminal lawyers named NSW magistrates
The NSW Attorney-General has announced the appointment of three new local court magistrates. ...
Warning
Jan 18 2018
Lawyer highlights ‘unintended consequences’ on SSM estate planning
A succession lawyer has warned that the right for same-sex couples to legally marry could have a sub...
drug rehabilitation services available in rural and remote communities
Jan 18 2018
ALS survey shines spotlight on insufficient rehabilitation services
A new survey posted by the Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) has revealed an alarming insight into ...
APPOINTMENTS
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
opinion
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
Help
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...