Setting up your own business can be the stuff of fantasy when you’re dreaming of work-life balance locked within the corporate structure of a law firm, and terrifying when actually making the decision to go for it. I felt a mixture of excitement and fear on launching Bratby Law in early July.

I was looking for a way of working where I could provide a high-quality service to clients while balancing the other demands of my life. In particular, working flexibly and being able to spend quality time with family. I needed blocks of time off, additional to annual leave, to be with my son in the holidays, as he lives abroad with his mother.

There are many lawyers, men and women, looking to balance the demands of work and family...

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