The Law Society has called on firms to provide better training and support to managers and trainees, in order to reduce sky-high stress levels among junior lawyers.
According to a survey this week, one in four junior lawyers said they suffered ‘severe’ stress levels at work. More than 90% said they experienced some stress.
The survey, published to coincide with the JLD’s annual conference last Saturday, also found that more than a third of junior lawyers had made a mistake that would not have happened had they not been overworked.
Nearly a third said their firm could do more to support staff experiencing stress.
Kayleigh Leonie, Law Society Council member for the JLD, said today that the division will produce guidance for employers to support them in tackling stress and mental health issues affecting junior lawyers in the workplace.
More than 200 young lawyers responded to the survey, of whom 32% were trainee solicitors, 54% solicitors with up to five years’ PQE, and 14% LPC students.
Law Society president Robert Bourns said: ‘Law can be a very demanding career. We are driven to do our best for our clients, drawn to the intellectual challenge and we may thrive on the high pressure the work entails.
‘However, if we hope to sustain a rewarding career and maintain the best services for clients, then our colleagues’ and employees’ health and wellbeing are of paramount importance. Solicitors experiencing stress at work should speak to their line manager or seek support sooner rather than later.’
Solicitors who need help and advice can speak to:
- Law Society Pastoral Care Helpline: 020 7320 5795
- LawCare: 0800 279 6888
- Solicitors Benevolent Association: 020 8675 6440
- Solicitors Assistance Scheme: 020 7117 8811