Research: Half of lawyers suffer ‘Sunday night fear’

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Over 60% call in sick as a result

Half of lawyers suffer from Sunday night blues, according to new research, with many admitting that they’ve pulled a sicky as a result.

The research, produced by online job website CV-Library, found that 50% of “legal industry” workers suffer from Sunday night fear, compared to 46.4% of social care staff and 46.2% of sales employees.

Electronics (50%) and leisure/tourism (50%) tied with the legal sector in second place, leaving media to top the Sunday blues table with 66.7%.

Nearly two-thirds (61.5%) of legal professionals amitted they had phoned in sick because they were too worried to go to work.

Other industries surveyed were finance (43.6%), agriculture (42.9%), marketing (42.9%) and automotive (40.9%) The study polled 2,000 UK employees, including 50 legal professionals.

Lee Biggins, CEO and founder of CV-Library, said: “If your employees suffer from Sunday night fear on a regular basis then it’s time to evaluate your company culture. Employees that feel stressed are often less productive, less efficient and, as the data shows, are far more likely to ‘pull a sickie’.”

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Despite legal professionals dreading their return to work after the weekend, one in five (20%) actually claim that Monday is their favourite day of the working week. Unsurprisingly, the majority (60%) revealed Friday is their favourite day.

Eighty-percent of all respondents said they feel better about the week once Wednesday is done and they’re “over the hump”.

Biggins added:

“It’s important to encourage managers to discuss workloads with any staff members that appear to be struggling; and offer support where possible. By encouraging employees to foster a healthy work-life balance, you’ll be future-proofing your business by attracting and retaining the best professionals in your industry. However, if you neglect to look after your staff, you may find it difficult to expand your operations and reach your company goals.”

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Legal Cheeky

Why does anyone actually care? Irrelevant article to say the least.


Take it off. Reveal the two cheeks. Not legal ones. Just cheeks. Raw cheeks. Juicy. Bae. Wow.


Pathetic and weak-minded types pandering to their own neuroses. Profession is better shot of them.

Raw Sauce

This is the best comment on LC to date.

Probably Anonymous

tl;dr don’t do law, write about law instead


Can we have a breakdown by gender?

its all a fuk*n joke

wooooooooooooo! scooby doo where are you. c’mon scoob where you been. Troubles on the loose ageeeeeeeeeen.


People who call in sick on Mondays are just scivers looking for a 3 day weekend.


Those alleged 50% should grow a pair. If they don’t enjoy what they do perhaps they can do something simple and fluffy that won’t trigger their inner wuss.

Second Seat Trainee

It’s a shame the Legal Cheek comments are as dire as they are, because there could be room for honest conversations amongst those in the legal profession. Often the Legal Cheek comments are just students who haven’t so much as entered a firm other than their ‘competitive place’ first/second year open day. Or others unconvincingly masquerading as a ‘Jones Day’ partner.

However, I’m not surprised by this article at all. Seeing the amount of depressed partners and associates who can no longer hide their misery and despair (in the way I’m sure they were forced to when they had vacation scheme students about), has been an eye-opener.

Unequal workload, people working until they’re so stressed their hair is falling out, trainees having panic attacks, or told to suck it up because their 2am leave for four week’s on a trot is just ‘standard practice’, associates breaking down in their office room, favouritism, bullying… this profession is very very tough.

A Nony Mouse

I have never been more glad I was rejected from every TC I applied for.


“I have never been more glad that I was rejected for every TC to which I applied.” If you end a sentence with a preposition then your application would go straight into the bin shaped filing cabinet, regardless of what Churchill said.

A Nony Mouse

I mean, I tend to be more careful with grammar in some situations than in others; it just depends what sort of of situation I am in. The Legal Cheek comment section is not one of those places where I take the most care, as there’s just no need to.

Anywhere arsey enough to bin an application merely on the basis of failure to comply with what is, essentially, a pretty irrelevant grammatical rule that doesn’t effect meaning is not somewhere I would want to end up.

Hope all the above propositional endings don’t wind you in an upward direction.

boycott the 50p

With respect, a failure to use words correctly can be pretty costly if you piss it up, and the fallout is cataclysmic.

I praise binning such things.

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Second Seat Trainee

Banter aside, there are definitely people here who wish they were rejected too. I think there is a lot of disillusion with trainee’s across the city (as quiet as it’s kept)

Nonetheless, I’d encourage anyone with the credentials and ‘resilience’ to complete a training contract. Depending on where you end up, and if you qualify (let’s be honest nearly everyone does) the skills you learn will set you up for life, really. As will the contacts and the experience.


I check the social media feeds of those off on a Monday. If there is any sign they were out on Sunday it is game over for their career.

Ex Barrister

Their career? How powerful you are.

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