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Legal Professions Wellbeing Taskforce

10 October 2016

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The Legal Professions Wellbeing Taskforce is a cross-profession taskforce that was set up earlier this year to promote and support good mental health and wellbeing across the legal community.

Read the Gazette article about the taskforce

The taskforce was initiated by the Law Society and is being driven by LawCare, the charity which provides support to the legal community. The taskforce brings together representatives from legal professional and educational establishments, those with legal expertise and knowledge of the sector.

'The legal landscape has changed profoundly over the last 10 years, and this changing environment, together with the demanding culture, can take its toll,' says Elizabeth Rimmer, chief executive of LawCare. 

'Law can be a stressful career, and there are many in the profession who have had experience of not being able to manage work or feeling things are getting too much.'

To that end, the taskforce:

  • brings representatives together to identify areas where collaboration will be beneficial
  • identifies mechanisms for establishing and sharing best practice
  • identifies how to improve the perception of mental health and wellbeing 
  • addresses stigma as a barrier to accessing support

There are 15 members of the taskforce: the Law Society, LawCare, the Bar Council, the SRA, CILEx, CILEx Regulation, the Law Society's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys, the University of Law, BPP, Newcastle University, Linklaters, City Mental Health Alliance, the Junior Lawyers Division, and the Bar Standards Board.

World Mental Health Day takes place on 10 October. Read LawCare's blog about how solicitors can look after their wellbeing.

Read Elizabeth Rimmer's blog about LawCare 

Find out more about the taskforce and its members on the LawCare website