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Why we need to talk about lawyer wellbeing

Kedge Martin fears that lawyers in the mid-tier are becoming disaffected, suggesting that more needs to be done by firms to support professional wellbeing

24 June 2019

Research published today reveals a discouraging picture of the state of mind of many senior lawyers. 
 
The research found that 15 per cent of partners and law firm managers over the age of 40 feel constantly stuck in a rut at work, with a further 28 per cent reporting that they are ‘somewhat often’ stuck in a rut. Respondents complained they were demotivated, lacked a sense of purpose and were generally unhappy.
 
The results are hardly surprising given the pressures under which top level lawyers work. Such deep and long-term frustration at work can quickly lead to depression and a complete loss of professional effectiveness if not managed carefully.
 
For lawyers whose life has been hitherto completely career-orientated, feeling unfulfilled at work soon has an impact on their home life. 
 
One senior partner at a mid-sized firm in the West Midlands, is typica...

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