A research report on managing the wellbeing of in-house lawyers has warned of a crisis of wellbeing in the profession.
In the free report, Paul Gilbert, who was an in-house lawyer for more than a decade until 2000, warns:
‘We are all swept along by the need to be more efficient, to cut costs and to do more with less. We have all assumed technology (especially email) has helped us to our jobs better, when in reality it has just made us more available for longer and blurred boundaries between work and home.
‘In-house lawyers mostly work in small teams, lack infrastructure to support their roles, are without significant peer support and soak up the pressure heaped on them by work colleagues who have their own stresses to manage. It can be a lonely and attritional environment.’