‘Before joining Clayton Utz, I took a short career-break and did some thinking about what my next ideal role might look like. I realised then that I was looking for something different. I wanted a role that I enjoyed and which challenged me, but would also afford me real flexibility so I could manage the needs of my family, which were complex at the time.
When I interviewed for the Clayton Utz Flexibility Manager role with senior members of the Clayton Utz team, I asked whether the job itself could be a flexible one. I wanted a role that could be part-time, with varied start and finish times and the ability to work from home. It felt like a long wish list and I thought it might be pushing the boundaries for a law firm, but I also figured that you never know until you just speak up and ask!
I was pleasantly surprised – and of course delighted – when I was not only offered the job, but Clayton Utz agreed to all my flexibility requests.
The arrangement turned out mutually beneficial for Clayton Utz and me. In this role, I am able to role model flexibility while providing specialist training, coaching and support to the business and individual employees as we continue on our journey of building a culture of flexibility at the firm. It’s challenging given the always switched on nature of legal work, but it is incredibly rewarding when employees and managers construct a flexible working relationship that really works for everyone in the team.
And I get to do this while still being able to care for my family and do my best to meet the needs of my children, which, like the flexibility I have in my role, are constantly changing and adapting.’
Lauren Levin, Flexibility Manager
About Clayton Utz
A reputation for standing out. And for being outstanding. For over 180 years, our confident approach to complex transactions and litigation has seen us grow into Australia’s leading independent law firm. With a genuine commitment to client service, we are trusted advisers to a range of government departments and agencies, as well as leading Australian and international corporations. We offer the sharpest legal minds. The clearest advice. And an unshakeable sense of what’s possible. We have a substantial commitment to making the legal system accessible, through our Pro Bono practice, and are actively involved in our community through our Community Connect program.
FlexCareers employer partner Clayton Utz is a WGEA employer of choice, offering flexible work, breastfeeding facilities, generous leave policies and parental support programs.
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