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To mark Mental Health Awareness Week 2020, we hosted a webinar in collaboration with LawCare on how the legal profession has been impacted during lockdown, particularly from a leadership perspective.
It is always important that leadership create environments in which their employees' wellbeing is a priority, but especially during times of crisis.
The panel of speakers discussed their experiences of leading during the COVID-19 pandemic and how they have ensured their staff feel supported and valued.
We heard a range of successful approaches with a common theme of compassion, vulnerability, empathy and kindness.
Simon Davis became President of the Law Society of England and Wales in July 2019.
Simon studied law at Oxford and qualified as a solicitor in 1984. He has been a commercial litigation partner at the London office of Clifford Chance since 1994, having joined the firm in 1982. Simon was the firm’s recruitment partner between 1995 and 2000, and spent two years as president of the London Solicitors’ Litigation Association. Since 2008, Simon has also been a member of the Court of Appeal Mediation Panel.
In 2014, Simon was appointed to conduct an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the provision of potentially sensitive information to The Telegraph by the Financial Conduct Authority (the Davis Review).
Karen is a Partner at Lewis Silkin LLP. She heads the firm’s Investigations and Regulatory team and sits on its Strategy Board. Karen specialises in employment and partnership law, and regularly conducts complex and highly sensitive workplace investigations, alongside her advisory work.
Karen has a diverse client base, with a particular emphasis on advising major domestic and international law firms and other professional services organisations on all aspects of their relationships with their employees and members/partners. She advises on matters involving disability and ill health and allegations of discrimination. She also regularly advises professional services firms on the rights and obligations of partners, partnership disputes as well as acting for partners in dispute with their current or former partnership or LLP.
Karen is a passionate advocate of the importance of mental wellbeing, and leads Lewis Silkin's mental health campaign, #ThisPlaceMinds.
Nick Bloy is a former lawyer and HR business partner with a Masters in Chemistry. He founded Wellbeing Republic in January 2016 to help shift the conversation and focus from ill-being to well-being.
Nick works with several leading law firms and other professional services firms in the UK and internationally, as a keynote speaker and facilitator, to help people to unleash their true potential to thrive.
Elizabeth is the CEO of LawCare, an independent charity offering emotional support, information and training to the legal community in the UK and Ireland.
Elizabeth has been managing and developing charities in the mental health sector for over 20 years. She joined LawCare in 2014 from the Institute of Group Analysis, a membership and training organisation for group psychotherapists. Before that she headed Alzheimer’s Disease International, a worldwide federation of Alzheimer associations.
Elizabeth started her working life as a solicitor specialising in clinical negligence, practising at Leigh Day.
If you need to speak to someone about your mental health, get in touch with LawCare on 0800 279 6888.