Increase in Bullying at Work According to Lawyer Support Charity

Increase in Bullying at Work According to Lawyer Support Charity

Nearly one in five lawyers have complained of being subject to workplace bullying according to the most recent statistics from the legal support charity LawCare.
In the past the charity has highlighted concerns regarding young lawyers using alcohol and drugs and discovered that three-quarters of the lawyers who called in distress during 2013 raised stress related problems then depression (12%) and alcohol (6%).
LawCare saw an increase in people coming to them over a third more than the year previous. The charity opened 36% more case files (515 in total) than in 2012 and it was their second busiest year on record.
Those who were most likely to complain about stress at work were private client lawyers (23%) and litigators (22%).
Two-thirds of the people that called the charity could say what caused their stress at work. Workload and bullying was at the top of the list and accounted for 20% of the issues then financial problems and disciplinary issues these had an effect on over six out of ten callers.
Workplace bullying had significantly increased from previous years. In 2011 and 2012 14% of callers complained about workplace bullying and in 2013 19% complained.
Lesser reported complaints which affected one in ten callers were ethical issues redundancy and issues with relationships.
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