Family & Work Women in Law

Snapshot: Obelisk Consultant Jude Mladek, 15 years PQE

“It’s great that the world of legal work has become a better place for working parents.”

Tell us about yourself and your family:

I am married to Mark, who is also a lawyer, and we have two young boys. I grew up in North Yorkshire and we love the outdoors and enjoy lots of country walks and cycle rides.

Why did you decide to change to flexible working?

I’ve been working with Obelisk since 2013, when I left my full time permanent position with Transport for London. I wanted to work part-time and flexibly so that I could work whilst looking after our young family and it has worked out really well. I have really enjoyed working this way as it hasn’t compromised the time I can spend with our children, and I can practice law at a high–level with good clients and develop my experience.

How do you work with clients?

Generally, I work remotely on a part-time basis to fit in around school and child care. I did work full-time remotely once as a stand by consultant, when I assisted the in house legal team at BT Ireland. As part of this assignment I travelled to Dublin to attend some team and project meetings. This worked well and the clients were very happy to communicate by email and phone.

How has your career developed since?

Since working with Obelisk, I have had 10 jobs with 8 clients. I’ve completed a mixture of roles in a number of areas: including engineering, IT services, telecommunications, pharmaceutical services and news and information services. The businesses I’ve worked for are all in growing sectors and that’s been good to extend my experience and skills into new areas. The clients all seem to be very happy to have lawyers work in a flexible way. It’s great that the world of legal work has become a better place for working parents.

By Kayleigh Ziolo

Kayleigh Ziolo has a background in magazine publishing and is writer and Commissioning Editor at Obelisk. She specialises in the subjects of workplace wellbeing, flexible working practices and gender equality.