Round Table Webinar 'The impact of Covid on Women in the Work-place'


Location: Zoom Platform
Date: 22nd Sep 2021
Start Time: 12:45 pm
Finish Time: 2:15 pm
Tutor: Nottinghamshire Law Society

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There is no doubt that COVID-19 and the ensuing lockdowns changed and disrupted our working and domestic lives.  Workplaces closed their doors and instructed employees to work at home, people were furloughed and parents found themselves having to home school and without childcare.

In a report published by the Institute for Fiscal Studies on 24 June 2021, they found as follows:

 In line with existing evidence, we find that mothers' paid work took a larger hit than that of fathers, and that mothers spent substantially longer doing childcare and housework than their partners. We go further to show that these gender differences cannot be explained by gender differences in the industries and occupations in which parents worked prior to the lockdown. Nor can they be explained by gender differences in earnings prior to the crisis: independently of which parent earned the most before the pandemic, it is always mothers who adjusted time spent on paid and unpaid work more significantly. This is the case even in households where only one partner remained active in paid work. While we cannot fully rule out that these asymmetric responses are explained by gender differences in productivity in domestic work, our results do suggest that other factors, such as gender norms, may play an important role.

The Nottinghamshire Law Society invites members to a round table meeting to discuss the impact of COVID and lockdowns specifically on women in the legal profession.  The discussion will be led by Vice President, Janine Smith, and will cover the following: 

  • The experiences of members
  • What were the negatives of the changes in working practices?
  • Have there been any positives to the changes in working practices?
  • How have employers accommodated any increases in non-work related responsibilities?
  • What could employers have done better?
  • What now?

Round Table Facilitator:  Janine Smith, Vice President of Nottinghamshire Law Society & Chief Crown Prosecutor, East Midlands. 


Janine was admitted as a solicitor in 1989. After a year in private practice, Janine joined CPS Nottinghamshire as a Crown Prosecutor in January 1991. Two years later she became a Senior Crown Prosecutor. In 2003, she was promoted to District Crown Prosecutor and led one of the Magistrates' Court teams. Six years later, in 2009, Janine took on responsibility for the whole of the Magistrates' Court team. After 20 years of prosecuting in Nottinghamshire, Janine moved to CPS Derbyshire as Senior District Crown Prosecutor.

Before leaving CPS Nottinghamshire, Janine was presented with the Nottinghamshire Law Society Solicitor of the Year award for 2010-11, in recognition of her work across the Criminal Justice System to increase efficiency in the Magistrates' Courts and her service on the Nottinghamshire Law Society Council.

In April 2013, Janine took responsibility for strategic direction and performance management for all Magistrates' Court matters across the East Midlands. She was appointed Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS East Midlands in July 2013, a role that included acting as the Area's champion for victims and witnesses and hate crime. She became acting Chief Crown Prosecutor in October 2015 and then was formally appointed as Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS East Midlands in May 2016.

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