Sukhi Kaler: 'I would feel equally guilty if I didn't work'

POWER MUMS: The litigation lawyer talks about missing her children's first steps and why she decided against private school.

by Christine Armstrong

Sukhi Kaler is a partner in international law firm Fasken Martineau, specialising in litigation and dispute resolution. She is married, lives in London and has three daughters aged 16, 14 and 11.

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I have just emerged from a case that was the longest-running litigation ever in the Commercial Court [lasting for 23 years], worth over $1.2 billion (£750m). We’re a small team and most of my career - 15 years - has been spent on it. It was full-on and meant long hours away from my family.

What motivates you to work so hard?

My mum had five children, worked full-time and always had a home-cooked meal on the table: that’s a tough act to follow. The Asian work ethic is too ingrained to stay at home and staying at home isn’t an easy option either - after every period of maternity leave I’ve been desperate to get back to work. As much as I feel guilty for working, I know I would feel equally guilty if I didn’t work.

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