Rise in lawyers being bullied at work

Rise in lawyers being bullied at work

There has been an increase in the number of lawyers reporting workplace bullying, according to legal mental health charity LawCare.

Its 2023 report records that 92 people who contacted LawCare for mental health support said that workplace bullying, harassment, or discrimination was their primary reason for seeking support.

That is up 95 per cent from 47 in 2022.

Elizabeth Rimmer, CEO of LawCare, said: “2023 was one of our busiest years ever at LawCare, second only to 2020 when the pandemic started.

“I would urge individuals and organisations to start taking active steps to create working environments which better protect mental health and where bullying and harassment are not tolerated.

“We need to drive a collective responsibility in our sector to tackle bullying and harassment by identifying the workplace factors that can lead to it, such as low psychological safety and managers with little or no training and support, and taking positive action to address these.

“We need to continue to challenge the stigma that prevents many still from speaking up about their mental health and seeking support. Each single act of storytelling, awareness raising, or advocacy contributes to transforming legal culture.

“You may never know the impact of your voice — you may give someone the confidence to seek help, provide them with the comfort of feeling less alone, or enable them to speak up too.”

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