Meet Susie Halliday, Head of Learning and Development
I was originally recruited to head up the Foot Anstey Employment Law team in Taunton. But with two young children, I was keen to move away from fee earning and work in a legal professional support role. When I spoke to the Head of the Employment Group about this, a role was developed specifically for me as a professional support lawyer within the Employment team. Following my success in this role, I was then asked to head up the Learning and Development area of the business. My job is to ensure that we have the professional qualifications, soft skills training and IT training infrastructure in place to support all of our staff in developing their careers.
I really enjoy the fact that Foot Anstey isn’t afraid to take chances or try something radical – like make one of their lawyers head of learning and development! The business is very transparent and the Managing Partner will ask my view on a subject, because business strategy isn’t just limited to the Boardroom. In fact, all of the Management Board is extremely approachable and not afraid to be challenged. One of the main benefits of working at the firm is the flexible working arrangements that I have. I’ve not only been able to progress my career successfully whilst working part-time, I now work mostly on a 'term-time' working arrangement so I can look after my children in school holidays. This is a rarity in a role of my seniority. There is flexibility both ways, and that works well for both Foot Anstey and for me. I don’t work in a firm where presenteeism is encouraged – people work hard but have a life, too.