Part I: 1.1. A short history, Elizabeth Cruickshank; The first women lawyers; Social attitudes; Up to the present; 1.2. Careers in the law for women, Elizabeth Cruickshank and Penny Terndrup; Career Options; Private practice as a solicitor; Solicitors in private practice; Barristers; In-house counsel; The Government Legal Service; Academic teaching and research; 1.3. Taking control of your work-life balance, Jayne Buxton; Think about it; Developing a personal change strategy; Getting out and moving on; Part II: Interviews, Elizabeth Cruickshank; Florence Baron; Susannah Bates; Margaret Bennett; Margaret Brazier; Fiona Bruce; Elizabeth Butler-Sloss; Eileen Carroll; Eva Crawley; Alison Eddy; Janet Gaymer; Brenda Hale; Melissa Hardee; Harriet Harman; Madeleine Heggs; Dianna Kempe; Helena Kennedy; Carolyn Kirby; Margaret McCabe; Lesley MacDonagh; Judith Mayhew; Barbara Mills; Diana Parker; Alison Parkinson; Eileen Pembridge; Barbara Roche; Sandra Teichman; Juliet Wheldon; Rosalind Wright; Part III: 3.1. Improving your soft skills, Richard Payne; What are soft skills?; Presentation skills; It's not what you say...; Meetings; Asserting yourself - a common sense approach; Influencing and selling skills; Improve your profile; Negotiation skills; Final thoughts; 3.2. Managing time effectively, Dianna Keel; Treating the symptoms; Do mechanical techniques work?; Intermediate techniques; Priority management; Self-management; Change; Have a clear purpose if you want to get the most out of your life; 3.3. Dancing with stress, Dianna Keel; Some facts and figures; Why are lawyers so stressed?; What causes work-place stress?; So, why isn't more being done?; What can be done?; Burn-out and balance; Adaptation; Good news for women; Take a look at your job; Structuring your day; Outside the workplace; 3.4. Leadership, Sally Woodward; Introduction; Case study: the newly appointed practice leader; What are effective leaders and what do they do?; So what, now what...?; 3.5. Rainmaking and networking, Tania Martin; Introduction; Rainmaking; Networking; Networking in practice.