England: Legal aid lawyers suffering stress due to Covid-19 pandemic
The vast majority of legal aid lawyers in England and Wales are suffering from stress and most have trouble sleeping, MPs have been told.
Evidence collected by the Legal Aid Practitioners Group (LAPG) from over 400 lawyers and submitted to the Commons justice select committee’s inquiry into the future of legal aid has highlighted the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on lawyers’ health and wellbeing.
Of those who responded to the LAPG survey between June and September, 79 per cent said they experienced stress, 66 per cent said they were having difficulty switching off from work, and 59 per cent reported having trouble sleeping, the Law Society Gazette reports.
Most said they were working longer hours and over a third said they had seen their workload increase due to a decline in staff numbers.