More stressed lawyers contact support charity

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Stress and depression accounted for half of all calls to a charity offering support and advice to lawyers in 2015. 

There were 907 calls to LawCare’s helpline last year, made by 496 people, an increase on the 473 people who called in 2014.

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As in 2014, by far the most common issue callers reported was workplace stress, at 30% of calls. This was followed by depression (20%), disciplinary issues (12%), financial problems (5%) and alcohol (4%).

Other problems cited included ethical issues, bullying or harassment, gambling addiction, career development problems and relationship issues.

Two out of three callers were women, as in 2014, while nearly four out of ten were trainees or qualified for five years or less.

Some 57% of callers were solicitors in England and Wales.

Last year the Law Society’s PC Holder survey reported that nearly one-fifth (19%) of respondents suffered ‘severe’ or ‘extreme’ stress in 2014, up from 16% in 2013.

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  • The only surprise here is that these figures are at al surprising to anyone given the pressures of practice these days. I couldn't bear it. It wasn't like this in Eastbourne in the 1970s, that's for sure.

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  • Stress, depression, money issues, disciplinary problems, alcohol etc... not a massive shock that they top the list.

    Just about sums up an average morning

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  • As a partner, I am interested in the fact that the callers were Trainees and women. Seriously, on the back of this article, I intend to speak to all staff to make sure there really are no issues, or if there are, to see how I can help, and to concentrate on female, trainees, and younger staff in particular.

    Articles like these are really welcome, thanks LSG.

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  • Paul Nicholls, thank you, that's a really good thing to do. Please do remember too that LawCare is here if any lawyer needs a confidential chat about any personal or professional issue. Our helpline number is 0800 279 6888, it's free from mobiles and landlines, and open until 7.30pm weekdays and 10-4 at weekends.

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  • Paul Nicholls... Not a criticism as I applaud your proactive approach but do not forget the men. I suspect they are more likely to bottle up any problems, which is why fewer of them call the helpline.

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  • So you sow......

    You lot all wanted the Clementification of the legal 'services' 'market' and to go by some on here still do ....

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  • Anon 09:26 - good point, I didn't make it clear, but I intend to speak to everyone. I think I will also mentione LawCare's number, thanks Anna.

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  • *mention -

    apologies for my sausage-finger typing!

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  • There used, in the 1970s anyway, to be a panel of solicitors to whom anyone in trouble could go for confidential and free advice. Does this still exist? If so can its existence be more widely publicised please? If not, can it be revived please?

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  • I think you will find LawCare has effectively taken its place - certainly it has lawyers amongst its volunteers (if the volunteers are not all lawyers - not quite certain on that point).

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