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Fewer sick days for lawyers, but high stress levels continue

By Victoria Basham

07 August 2015 at 07:05 BST

Research by the Law Society into the health and well-being of lawyers shows that the majority report they are in good health and on average take less time off sick, but also that nearly one fifth experience severe stress.

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85 per cent of lawyers reported being in good health and time off due to ill-health or injury was on average 5.7 days, down from 6.6 days in 2013. But 39 per cent reported going to work when they should have taken sick leave and 96 per cent said they experienced negative stress, with 19 per cent at 'severe' or 'extreme' levels. Workload and client expectations were identified as the most common causes of stress in the Law Society's 2013 research.

Law Society support

Law Society president Jonathan Smithers said: 'Solicitors experiencing stress or other sickness at work should speak to colleagues or their line manager about it. The Law Society has a free helpline that offers confidential support for all our members. We also provide a range of resources to support good practice management.' Source: the Law Society


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