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The Junior Lawyers Division of the Law Society of England and Wales have released the findings of their 2018 JLD Resilience and Wellbeing survey at their annual conference.
The survey found that over 82 per cent of respondents reported either regularly or occasionally feeling stressed in the month before completing the survey with 26 per cent of those individuals being severely/extremely stressed.
Key stress factors for junior lawyers are high workload, client demands/expectations, lack of support and ineffective management.
Elizabeth Rimmer, CEO of LawCare said: “We are concerned to hear that such a large number of junior lawyers are experiencing severe levels of stress, but sadly it does not surprise us as 45% of calls to our helpline are from this group. We need to do more as a profession to train, support and mentor junior lawyers and help build their resilience. We also need to see a change in culture within law firms, making wellbeing of staff a priority .”
The full report is available at http://communities.lawsociety.org.uk/junior-lawyers/news/jld-resilience-and-wellbeing-survey-report-2018/5064876.article