Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Dads in Law Online Conference: Strategies for Maximising Work and Family Balance

18th November 2021 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

See event page for details


In recognition of International Men’s Day, The Legal Training Consultancy is partnering up with Parent & Professional to run a half-day conference to help law practitioners improve the balance between their role as a father and the demands on their time from their profession.


Thursday 18 Nov 2021 (9:30 AM – 1:00 PM)

Online: Zoom

Book your place

Booking Page

Why are we doing this?

Nearly 70% of lawyers believe they work in the most stressful profession, with an astounding 80% blaming workload as the key source of their stress. We are hearing first-hand about how dads in the legal profession value a healthy work/family balance much more than they did in pre-Covid times; more and more dads are prioritising their health and wellbeing and family time – but they equally want to maintain a fulfilling career and financial stability. At Parent and Professional we absolutely believe this balance is possible – but how? This conference aims to hear from experts in their field as well as working dads in the law – how do they do it?

Who this is for?

All working dads in the legal profession: perhaps you have had a difficult experience during your journey as a working dad; or perhaps you are just coping with the day-to-day demands of juggling the roles of parent and professional.

HR/D&I/L&D/Family Network Leads – those who want to hear about the latest challenges for working dads and consider ways to help support them.

What’s in the half day conference?

We’re bringing together wellbeing and performance coaching experts to offer dads working in the legal profession a morning of the latest research, tips and advice to balance their career with all stages of parenthood.


09:30 – Chairman’s opening remarks Ian Dinwiddy, Dads Coach, Parent & Professional Ltd

09:40 – Opening address by Mark Brooks OBE, Ambassador for International Men’s Day

09:55 – First session “Why men’s work life balance matters to everyone” with Ian Dinwiddy

10:30  Making it work in practice: panel event dads in law firms Sidley Austin, Taylor Vinters and Pinsent Masons (from Associates to Partners) will discuss their personal challenges and experiences of combining a career in the law with their role as a father

11:35 – Second session ‘The Elephant in the Room: Fatherhood, Work, Life and Wellbeing in the Legal Profession’ with Professor Richard Collier FAcSS FRSA Newcastle Law School

11.55 – Third session ‘Developing strategies to achieve your version of work life balance” with Ian Dinwiddy

12.25 – What’s needed now to support working dads? Actions moving forward which will make a difference at an individual and organisational level. Helen Letchfield, Co-founder of Parent & Professional Ltd, in discussion with experts in law firms:

Mary Peterson, Head of Talent and Learning, Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Kate Fergusson, Head of Responsible Business at Pinsent Masons

12:50 – Questions and concluding remarks

1:00 – Conference ends

What will I take away?

  • Strategies for maximising the work/life balance/avoiding the problems and pitfalls
  • Managing dads effectively/maximising dads’ wellbeing and professional performance
  • What’s special about dads?
  • Coping mechanisms
  • Avoiding applying the “this is the way we did it in my day” approach
  • How to implement change at a personal and possible organisational level


The price for this is £225 + VAT. This is a per organisation price, so up to 19 of your colleagues can participate at no extra charge, even if they are viewing it from a different location or at a different time. So, of course, if there are 10 of you the cost per delegate would be just £22.50.

For law firms with four or less partners or individuals, you can purchase a single place at the conference for £109 + VAT

For sole practitioners, the price is £99 + VAT

Here are some delegate comments from our last Wellbeing Conference: 

Teri C:” Congratulations on presenting such an amazing array of resources and guidance in a thoroughly engaging format.”

Diane O: “What an amazing day! Reassuring and hopeful

Nora B: “Thank you to all the speakers and everyone responsible for creating this conference! Great information well-presented!

Bevans: “Thank you to all. Important work, helpful resources, and profoundly meaningful sharing





Legal Training Consultancy
Parent & Professional