The Junior Lawyers Division is offering a series of two-hour resilience and wellbeing workshops, created to help you be your best at work, and away from it.

In a recent Law Society survey of Junior Lawyers, 55% of women and 42% of men told us they regularly felt unable to cope, with almost two-fifths experiencing a mental health problem. High workload and demanding clients were behind many of the problems, and the resulting stress led to problems with family life and relationships.

In response to this, we are offering a series of two-hour resilience and wellbeing workshops, created to help you be your best at work, and away from it.

The workshop puts the focus on your personal coping mechanisms. We demonstrate how to self-assess, manage emotional responses and deal with everyday stressors, so you can better deal with the pressures of your job. We will tackle anxiety and its causes, encourage positive thinking and you will leave with valuable skills for life.

Key learning and outcomes:

You will be able to:

  • Look at the early warning signs of poor mental health and why many perceive it is best to hide how you are feeling from everybody around you
  • Identify what triggers your stress responses. Understand how to deal with heightened anxiety and stress and share coping strategies that can enhance your skills in the workplace
  • Better understand your emotional responses – to help you cope with challenging situations and people
  • Build confidence by developing positive thinking and visualisation
  • Be more resilient – so you feel less anxious and more in control of situations
  • Design your own personal resilience tool kit that will help you to sustain and drive your energy levels
  • Look at how you can inspire others when you share your own vulnerability and make it easier for them to share how they are really feeling
  • We look at culture generally within the legal profession and discuss the steps we can all take to help create healthier stigma environments within law firms/organisations

The programme

17:30-17:50  Registration and refreshments

17:50-18:00  Anna Robinson, LawCare champion

18:00-20:00  David Beeney, Breaking the Silence

20:00-20:30  Networking opportunity

Speakers

Trainer: David Beeney

David is the Founder to Breaking the Silence. He has established himself as one of the leading advisers in the UK on how to drive employee engagement through an effective wellbeing programme. David was recognised in 2018 and 2019 as one of the top 101 influences globally. David helps employers to discover the direct link between employee wellbeing and energy. He is a qualified mental health counsellor and a trustee for Mind.

Anna Robinson

Anna is a LawCare champion. LawCare provide information and support to anyone in the legal community experiencing mental health and wellbeing problems. Anna is a solicitor practising at Laura Devine and is a counsellor and psychotherapist.

Format of the day

The forum is a full day event running from 10:30 (registration at 10:00) to about 16:30 and involving a series of 45-50-minute presentations on various aspects of legal practice and career development. It will be followed by a networking drinks reception until 18:00. Please note that these timings are approximate until the programme has been confirmed.

Who should attend the forum?

If you are a busy solicitor and could benefit from expert guidance on safeguarding your personal wellbeing, then this workshop is for you.

Date and location details

Date: Thursday 13 February 2020

Time: 17:30 - 20:00

Venue: The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London, WC2A 1PL

Cost: From £40 +VAT