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The Chair of the Association of Women Solicitors (AWS) has welcomed moves by in-house counsel to limit the number of hours worked by external advisers.Theodore Goddard partner Angela Morgan chose to highlight the issue at the group’s Chairman’s dinner in London on 11 February. Calling for the legal profession to address the issue of long working hours, Morgan said that firms found it too easy to blame the demands of the client and say there is nothing they can do.She said: “Clients are beginning to recognise that they are not getting value for money if their lawyers are working such long hours that they are overtired – it is not efficient.”Last month Legal Week revealed that brewing giant Bass has begun to limit the number of hours a day worked by solicitors on particular deals because of concerns about overtired lawyers.Railtrack also disclosed that it has had a similar restriction on hours in place since 1993.At the dinner, Morgan also announced the appointment of three patrons: Simmons & Simmons employment lawyer Janet Gaymer, senior partner of London legal aid practice Fisher Meredith, Eileen Pembridge, and retired AWS member Eva Crawley.Morgan said that the appointments had been made to raise the profile of the group and to encourage younger solicitors.

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