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Two-thirds of lawyers experiencing high stress levels

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Over half believe smaller firms offer a more supportive culture

Two-thirds of solicitors are currently experiencing “high levels” of stress, according to a recent report.

The research, produced by LexisNexis, found that 66% of solicitors were suffering “high levels” of stress, while around one in four described their stress as “extreme” or “very high”. Despite this, less than a quarter of respondents felt more could be done to support them in the workplace. Thirty percent of the 176 UK solicitors who responded to the survey described their stress levels as “average”.

Half of those surveyed said they had a positive state of mind, while four out of five reported high levels of job satisfaction.

Elsewhere in the report, 62% of those surveyed believe small law firms were better at fostering an environment of support and culture compared to their larger City counterparts, while a whopping 92% felt small outfits offered a better range of benefits including the “ability to remain in control” and “better client experience”.

Jon Whittle, market development director at LexisNexis UK, said:

“We found a robust, optimistic profession which continues to believe that hard work pays off in a bright successful future… It’s important to understand that while the future looks bright there are shadows at work.”

The findings follow research produced by the Law Society’s Junior Lawyers Division (JLD) which found that one in 15 young solicitors had experienced suicidal thoughts within the past month.

Feeling stressed? You can contact LawCare by calling 0800 279 6888 in the UK.

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37 Comments

Anonymous

Genuinely, I think we partly do this to ourselves – esp in litigation. We are so unpleasant and aggressive with each other, we have to expect that’s going to cause damage on the receiving end.

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Anonymous

Ironically, in crime, which can be the most scrappy area of law in court, most advocates are very pleasant when discussing/ negotiating outside of it.

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Anonymous

That’s because there’s no money at stake in crime!!

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Anonymous

Ever heard of POCA? Can’t understand how you civil bods deal with the stress of knowing that one multi-billion pound insurance company might have to pay a whole 0.001% of its turnover if you lose. Not at like someones freedom, children, house and job being on the line.

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Anonymous

Cry me a river pissant. I’m off to splurge all my disposable income on designer clothes and Michelin starred dinners. Enjoy your flat share in some crappy northern shithole.

Anonymous

Sod off, flatuland!

Anonymous

Fuck you, stop interrupting my great sex with my model girlfriend in one of my Ferraris.

Anonymous

LEGEND

Anonymous

Just one model girlfriend? Kepe trying, and then you can fit two into the back of the Maybach.

Anonymous

Keep trying and you may learn to spell. You obviously work in criminal law…

Anonymous

Only a Maybach? Get on my level and fit three in the Bentley Truck

Anonymous

Is stress the new social anxiety? Im finally trendy

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The 20th Century

If you have an issue, here’s a tissue.

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Anonymous

Pass me a box mate?

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Anonymous

There definitely needs to be more transparency so people going into the profession know how stressful and demanding the role is in practice. There is a culture that if you’re stressed you “can’t hack it” which does nothing for wellbeing. I know some extremely talented and able solicitors who are struggling with stress, feeling overworked and undervalued. Being a solicitor is definitely sold as a great career (which it can be) but I think so many people go into the profession blind because they’re not informed about the reality of what it’s like in legal practice due to the culture of being considered as weak/unable if you say you’re struggling.

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Anonymous

My last few weeks have involved working 18 hours under constant pressure with plenty of difficult personalities. One partner in particular loves to be a dick when he senses that I’m stressed. I’m used to it but it’s no wonder people end up with anxiety issues.

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Bob

Cup of concrete

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Anonymous

two thirds of the population of the planet experience high stress levels

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Anonymous

As a rampant sociopath, I find this job fairly relaxing.

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Anonymous

Sociopath means you don’t GAF about others. But you still triggered when people are mean to you.

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#Societypath Awareness Twitter Influencer

Can I not GAF about others and still not be a sociopath? Like what if there’s only a very large subset of others that I don’t GAF about, but a small circle which I do?

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Anonymous

Sociopaths dominate the Legal 500

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JDP

Are you currently seeking employment?

Anonymous

I’m so high. On life.

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Anonymous

In other news, bears sh*t in the woods

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Anonymous

Of course people are stressed.

Tell you why I’m stressed, 8pqe on £55k doing boring insurance work.

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Big Dick S&C Whacker

I had a £55k breakfast this morning, firm’s courtesy

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Anonymous

Must be at DWF

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Davis Polk mega lad

I love the city, love the ladness, love my £1.2m studio in South Ken. This is the high life. This is what I deserve. This is living.

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Anonymous

What’s a studio??

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Anonymous

Fuck, so many of the city lawyers – or pretend city lawyers – on these threads are absolute vermin.

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Big Dick S&C Whacker

Sounds to me you need a dick biggening intervention to join the eleets

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Anonymous

Sounds like projection, to me you little fucker.

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Kestral Selby-Body

Snowflakes

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Anonymous

London is stressful. What a hole!

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Anonymous

Yes, bozos, it is stressful. There is a reason you earn so much.

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Anonymous

In other news grass is green

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