Women in Law

Snapshot: Henrieta Iyer, Obelisk Consultant

Why did you come to work with Obelisk?

I was looking for a way back into the workforce after a few years’ break. I expected it to be painful. Instead I found Obelisk where people actually make an effort to listen to what it is you are looking for.

Tell us a bit about the jobs you’ve had – how has working differently benefited you?

I have been lucky to have worked on two long term assignments. The first one was for the Equities Legal team at Goldman Sachs and lasted 1 and 1/2 years. I felt both challenged and independent in this role and Obelisk was helpful in negotiating working hours that suited my personal life, all in all a fantastic way to return to work. I have been in my second assignment assisting the General Counsel of C.Hoare & Co with the in-house agenda for almost a year now and it is still continuing. Again, the flexible arrangement we have in place gives me the opportunity to work more when I have the availability and to stay away, when I need to. The atmosphere of a small private bank is quite different from the scale at which a big international investment bank operates, but each of them has its advantages.

How does Obelisk help you find suitable work with clients?

I cannot stress enough how important it is that Obelisk works with clients who are not just looking to hire people for limited periods of time with the most financial effect possible, Obelisk’s clients seem to understand that the deal has to work for the contracting lawyers too.

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.