Apathy towards stress in the profession is letting junior lawyers down, says Pippa Allsop

I’m saddened to be revisiting a subject which I have covered numerous times in recent years as the situation does not appear to be improving. 

The striking off of Claire Matthews by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) this April was the culmination of yet another case of a terrified junior solicitor desperately trying to cover up a mistake. 

Matthews reported significant mental health difficulties at the time the misconduct took place. Yet, in response to concerns raised by the Junior Lawyers Division (JLD) about the handling of prosecutions of junior solicitors such as Matthews, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) confirmed that “neither a person’s junior position, nor health, will be...

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