LawCare is a registered charity providing information and support to legal professionals working or training throughout the UK, Republic of Ireland, Isle of Man and Jersey. Since it was founded in 1997, LawCare has helped thousands of lawyers and support staff with work related issues including stress, disputes with colleagues and alcohol misuse. The group supports all branches of the legal profession and also offers advice to friends and families.
LawCare assists the legal community to cope with the increasing pressures they face, any of which could adversely affect work performance and family life.
Not only do the staff and volunteers working at LawCare have experience of practicing law but they also run a helpline, which provides a listening ear 365 days a year. The helpline is free, impartial, completely confidential and independent of the UK’s legal institutions.
Last year, 75 % of callers reported stress as the main reason for calling, with increased workloads, disciplinary issues and bullying being the main causes.
Extra support is offered to those that need it and selected callers can be put in touch with a LawCare supporter. These are fellow lawyers who have experienced and overcome difficulties. They offer support to others on a one to one basis for as long as this is needed. In certain situations, callers are signposted to other support and benevolent agencies. Additionally, LawCare offers a list of counsellors and therapists with particular expertise in working with lawyers.
The official LawCare website provides an overview of the support available fact sheets for download. Training and education on wellbeing is also provided.
Helpline 0800 279 6888
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