Faculty members and staff asked to join wellbeing survey

06 Oct



A GROUND-BREAKING research study into wellbeing in the legal profession has been launched in the run-up to World Mental Health Day.

The charity, LawCare, is asking anyone in the profession in the UK and Ireland, including support staff, to take part in “Life in the Law” by completing an online questionnaire.

The results will form the basis of an academic paper and help to evaluate wellbeing across the whole profession.

Elizabeth Rimmer, CEO of LawCare, said: “This is the biggest ever piece of academic research into wellbeing in the legal industry in the UK and Ireland and we hope it will give us a clear picture of how the culture and practice of law affects mental health.

“The results will help us to improve the support available to legal professionals and drive long-lasting change in legal workplaces so that people working in the law can thrive. We would urge anyone working in the legal profession to take part.”

Richard Pugh, Clerk of Faculty, said: “Working in the legal profession has long been thought to result in a poor work/life balance. In recent years, we have become more aware of the need to promote the wellbeing of practitioners, as well the interests of our clients. This study will help us to understand better where that balance should lie. It is in the interest of all practitioners, and our staff, to complete the questionnaire, so the research can be as full as possible.”

The questionnaire can be found here. It will remain open until the end of the year.

World Mental Health Day is on 10 October.