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Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Legal Profession$
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Emma Jones, Neil Graffin, Rajvinder Samra, and Mathijs Lucassen

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781529210743

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529210743.001.0001

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The Daily Toil: Interactional Demands and Difficulties

The Daily Toil: Interactional Demands and Difficulties

(p.85) Four The Daily Toil: Interactional Demands and Difficulties
Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Legal Profession

Emma Jones

Neil Graffin

Rajvinder Samra

Mathijs Lucassen

Policy Press

This chapter explores the interactional demands placed on legal professionals. These include meeting the demands of clients, dealing with vulnerable clients and balancing the needs of clients with the ethical and professional obligations and requirements placed on legal professionals. It also explores the nature of many legal professional’s relationship with their colleagues, which can range from providing a supportive network to potentially creating a toxic working environment. In particular, it considers the way in which the structure of the legal profession results in those who succeed as lawyers being promoted to become managers, despite the potentially very different skillsets involved. This can lead to significant issues with mental health and wellbeing for both the team members involved and the manager themselves.

Keywords:   Working practices, Interactional demands, Working environment, Management, Leadership, Collegiality, Networks

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