Women on WTB: Barbara Bryan (IWD)

International Women’s Day 2016 campaign theme is #PledgeForParity . This day celebrate the contribution that women have done regarding social, economic , cultural and political achievement around the globe

At WTB Solicitors we want to proudly celebrate and recognise the work that women on our staff do for both us and our clients. We want our women to let the world know that regardless the job you do, it is really easy to be a super woman. And here in our firm, 90% of the staff are women.

Today we have talked to Barbara Bryan, our Law Costs Team Manager . Find what she has to say below:

What is your position at WTB Solicitors?

I head the Costings Department at WTB. I am a solicitor (non-practising)

Explain the variety of tasks that you deal with at work

My role is to prepare bills and claims for costs at the conclusion of cases which have been funded by legal aid and to assist fee earners with legal aid and costs regulations

What took you into law?

I wanted a career involving a variety of work and solving problems. The law seemed to fit the bill. Over the years I have had experience of a number of aspects of law but practised mainly in family law during the 1980s and 90s

Since when have you been working at the firm?

I came to the firm in 1998 on a temporary basis and am still here 18 years later!

In this period, what has been the best?

I really enjoy the challenge of my job which requires accuracy and attention to detail. I have some great work colleagues too which makes coming to work a pleasant experience!

Is it easy for you to cope with your work-life balance?

My sons are now grown up which makes a work-life balance a little bit easier to achieve. I have been fortunate over the years to have been able to work flexibly, thanks to a culture at WTB which recognises the problems of juggling work and family.

Since I entered the profession many years ago, I feel there has been a marked improvement in attitudes towards working mothers and carers. In the not too distant past, part-time work in the law was almost unheard of but I’m pleased to say it is no longer considered unusual and flexibility of working can only be a good thing to encourage more women to remain in the profession.