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Of chimps and lawyers

Chimpanzees can teach solicitors a thing or two about collaboration and mutual support, as Dr Bob Murray explains

31 October 2019

For the last few months I’ve been working with the New South Wales (NSW) Law Society helping it to develop an outreach to lawyers suffering from mental illness.
 
I have been interviewing lots of solicitors all over the huge Australian state. I have spoken to those working in private practices from the one-person outfits to the likes of Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) with hundreds of partners (not all in NSW); from bush lawyers in the outback barely making a living wage – to the several million dollars-a-year partners in Sydney. 
 
I have conversed with harassed solicitors working for the government or in government agencies to equally harassed in-house lawyers high and low. 
 
My interviewees were chosen at random and I spoke to each of them for over an hour. I am still writing my report and recommendations but there is one overwhelming conclusion I have drawn: lawyers, at least those ...

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