Justine Flack is a solicitor partner for Howes Percival and a collaborative lawyer specialising in family law. She attended Law School for her professional qualification in 1992 and qualified in 1996.
No stranger to hard work, Justine sets high personal standards, leads by example, and equally has high expectations of her staff. Her work revolves around meeting strict deadlines and client dependency, as well as development of her team and recruitment of new staff.
Justine likes to see the positive in all situations and feels fortunate to enjoy working with her colleagues and clients.
Outside of work, she enjoys photography, gardening, yoga, running, reading, exploring different cultures and foods. Even with her extremely busy working week, she still manages to attend yoga and dance classes in the evenings. As for her weekends, they’re more relaxed and less organised than her working days.
With the challenges of being a leader, she understands the implications of what not having a work-life balance can have. From her own experiences, she has managed to openly discuss difficulties in the workplace, gaining the trust and support of her colleagues. As demands have increased due to her responsibilities, she is learning to say ‘no’ to prevent any further pressure she may experience in her working day.
She’s a big believer of wellbeing at work, having undergone training through the i-act model, a programme aimed at managers to help them understand how to support employees going through difficult times. With this, she can recognize and assist employees in the early stages of stress. Justine also supports flexible working where possible, away days, and initiatives like Coffee and Connect.
Her belief in leadership focuses on being in a good place yourself, learning strategic goals, supporting the team, and finding the right balance between business needs and client needs. She is mindful to junior staff members and understands the importance that junior staff put on wellbeing, being open to further developing this within the organisation through coaching courses.
Justine is particularly interested in understanding how mindful practices in the workplace can reduce sickness and absence related to stress, allowing the firm to enhance profits and provide a better service for their customers.