Family & Work Women in Law

Snapshot: Lisa England, Finance Lawyer and Obelisk Consultant

How have you found working as a lawyer and parent?

Juggling motherhood and a career is a constant challenge, feeling that I should work as if I have no children, yet be available for my children as if I have no work. Obelisk have helped to offer more flexible opportunities in this regard, and it is wonderful to see first-hand how the legal market is evolving to utilise the female talent pool.

How did you come to work as an Obelisk Consultant?

I trained at Linklaters and spent a number of years working in-house for a couple of investment banks. I missed the buzz of transactional work within London’s global corporates, albeit that I was able to witness my daughter’s first steps and words at home. Obelisk contacted me with an opportunity at Bank of America.

How did the work fit with your life and career experience?

The team were really supportive and one member spent a couple of days getting me up to speed in an area of law for which I had no direct experience. However, as it was still within the finance sector and utilised most of my skill set acquired to date, I was able to pick it up quickly and add value without feeling out of my depth. The contract was a short term placement, enabling me to be home for my daughter’s school holidays, and I only worked four days per week.


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.