1/4 Of Junior Lawyers Suffer Severe Stress Levels At Work

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Alarming statistics conducted by Law Society’s Junior Lawyers Division, indicates more than 90% of junior lawyers say they feel stressed at work and feel under pressure.

More than 200 young lawyers responded to the survey. Interestingly, of those surveyed, 32% were trainee solicitors, 54% solicitors with up to five years’ PQE, and 14% LPC students.

More than a third of respondents said they made a mistake which should never have occurred, had they not been overworked in the first place. More than half (53%) said they nearly made a crucial error, which could have potentially ended their career, or put it in jeopardy.

The most frustrating thing to take from the survey is most respondents were unaware of the various support systems available at their disposal. Some 39% of respondents said their employer did not provide support in any capacity. Whilst, 35% said they did not know if help was available.

Enduring levels of stress at work is commonplace for most professions but it’s where the stress gets out of hand and employees begin to struggle to ‘switch off’ and manage their symptoms is where it can rapidly become an issue for them. Luckily, for the legal profession, there’s lots of resources available including LawCare which provides a free, independent and confidential helpline.

If you are suffering with stress at work, whether in the legal sector or otherwise and think your employer is not doing enough to help support you, please feel free to contact us for a free enquiry.

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Article written by Jessica Thompson, Head of Stress At Work at Michael Lewin Solicitors

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