It comes as no surprise that women's careers can suffer if they take more than a year off after having a baby.

A panel of women representing the teaching, legal, medical and recruitment professions have brought the issue to MPs attention, telling them that women who take more than a year off work to look after their new born were 'penalised'.

Audrey Williams, a lawyer at Fox Williams, told MPs that even taking a break for more than nine months could have a negative impact on women's careers. 

Does the legal sector and other professions need to do more to ensure that they aren't losing or hindering female talent following their decision to take maternity leave?