Call for change of work culture in law

The Law Society and LawCare have called for action to address a culture of long hours and stress in the profession.

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LawCare and the Law Society of England and Wales have joined forces to call for a change of culture in the profession.

The call, as part of Mental Health Awareness Week, comes after LawCare’s 2021 Life in the Law report found high levels of burnout and that 69% of respondents had experienced mental-ill health in the 12 months before the survey. Female participants averaged higher burnout compared with male counterparts. Those aged between 26 and 35 years old had the highest burnout scores, alongside having the highest work intensity, lowest autonomy and the lowest psychological safety.

Law Society president I. Stephanie Boyce said: “We need to start talking about how some working practices contribute to an increased risk of poor mental health and how we can work together to change things.

“Tackling excessive working hours and workloads, as well as ensuring better supervision and support, especially for younger lawyers, is essential.”

Elizabeth Rimmer, chief executive of the charity LawCare, called for more management training for all supervisors and managers in overseeing the well being of their teams.

 



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