Linklaters joins new Taskforce to tackle mental health issues in legal sector

Linklaters is part of a new cross-profession Taskforce to promote and support mental health and wellbeing in the legal community.

The Legal Professions Wellbeing Taskforce will bring representatives together to identify areas where collaboration will be beneficial; identify mechanisms for establishing and sharing best practice; identify how to improve the perception of mental health and well-being, and address stigma as a barrier to accessing support.

The Legal Professions Wellbeing Taskforce was initiated by the Law Society and is driven by LawCare, a 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.

Nigel Jones, Partner and Health and Wellbeing champion at Linklaters LLP and co-founder and vice chair of the City Mental Health Alliance, said:  “As with many professions, working in a law firm can be a highly demanding career choice and with that professionals across our sector can experience levels of stress and anxiety.  Mental health has historically been a taboo subject, particularly in a corporate environment where we want to present ourselves as being professional and fit and ready for the challenges that lay ahead. 

“Being part of the Taskforce will help to open up the channels of communication, encouraging our staff to demonstrate greater openness and start conversations about the issues.  There are already a great number of support services available to legal professionals and we look forward to working together with our Taskforce partners to improve the awareness of these.”

In addition to Linklaters involvement, thirteen other partners have pledged allegiance to the taskforce: the Law Society, LawCare, 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, University of Newcastle, Linklaters, City Mental Health Alliance, Junior Lawyers’ Division, and the Bar Standards Board.

For more information on the taskforce, go to www.lawcare.org.uk/taskforce