New Northern Ireland champions for LawCare charity

New Northern Ireland champions for LawCare charity

Pictured (left–right): Jude Copeland and William Wilson.

Northern Ireland lawyers Jude Copeland and William Wilson have become ‘champions’ of legal wellbeing charity LawCare.

Champions support LawCare’s vision of a legal sector that values good mental health and where people thrive, by committing to work with the charity to raise awareness and generate opportunities.

Mr Copeland is a legal review manager and associate in the legal technology group of Cleaver Fulton Rankin. He has been a legal technology lawyer in Belfast and London for over eight years.

Passionate about equality, diversity and inclusion, he was a founding trustee of White Ribbon NI, a male-led charity to end gender-based violence, and is a current trustee of PIPS Suicide Prevention Ireland. He is also an advisor to a number of LGBTQIA+ organisations and is a frequent speaker on LGBTQIA+ issues and history.

He believes that trauma-informed practice has the potential to make legal practice more effective and less stressful for everyone involved.

Mr Copeland said: “As lawyers, we are competitive and exacting. Often, we are our own harshest critics. We work through periods of extreme stress and support people during their most challenging life events.

“For me, LawCare is part of the move away from stigma about poor mental health towards greater understanding and actually building robust mental wellness. I am pleased and privileged to be joining LawCare as a Champion.

“I am passionate about mental wellness and all things diversity and inclusion.”

Mr Wilson is a real estate solicitor at Thompson Crooks. He graduated from Ulster University in 2018 before qualifying as a solicitor in Northern Ireland in 2020.

Due to an early diagnosis of ADHD, Mr Wilson strives to promote more discussions around mental health and wellbeing.

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