In a sign that the legal profession is prioritising mental health issues, nine more law firms have now signed up to the Mindful Business Charter, which commits to working practices that safeguard employee mental health.

This is great news for us here at Totum. Over recent times we have seen more firms implementing wellbeing programmes that include mental health initiatives. We see what an attraction this is for candidates who are increasingly looking for employers who take wellbeing and mental health issues seriously. And a pledge that commits the legal profession to making long-term improvements is a welcome move in a sector that is known for its high workloads.

Addleshaw Goddard, Pinsent Masons and Barclays launched the Charter late in 2018, with HSBC, Lloyds Banking Group, NatWest and law firms Clifford Chance, Eversheds Sutherland, Ashurst, Simmons & Simmons, Norton Rose Fulbright, Baker McKenzie and Hogan Lovells also joining at the time. But at a recent event, hosted by signatory Eversheds Sutherland and marking the six-month anniversary of the Charter’s launch, the following nine law firms also signed up:

Latest signatories

 

  • Capsticks
  • CMS
  • DWF
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
  • Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Michelmores
  • Osborne Clarke
  • Stone Kind
  • Weightmans

This impressive legal/banking collaboration aims to support mental health by removing unnecessary sources of workplace stress, while accepting that in some transactions at certain times long hours cannot be avoided. The signatories commit to improving communication and respect, working hours and ensuring fair delegation of work duties. Specific practices include allowing people to dial into meetings, respecting their annual leave and accepting that emails sent on the weekend or at night do not need to be read immediately.

We look forward to seeing how this Charter and other mental health initiatives in law firms continue to support the mental wellbeing of all employees. The legal profession continues to offer great career prospects, but to know that it also prioritises mental wellbeing will be a huge driver to attract the great talent of the future.

 

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