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significant response on social media and debate caused by my article “Crisis of well-being” lead to our first report on well-being for in-house lawyers published in July 2015. The report drew on survey findings, interviews and focus groups which showed a shocking picture, which if representative of the in-house sector as a whole demonstrated
that we are sleep walking to a crisis where some people were being significantly damaged and many more are being undermined.
...It is two years on from the article and I wanted to write about my experience since then.
The report has been widely read and a great many in-house lawyers and teams have started to address the well-being of colleagues individually and in teams. Some General Counsel now include the topic as a fixed agenda item in team meetings; others have
sought out specific training and a few have found performance indicators that are part of personal development planning – making well-being a metric of success. It is not yet enough, but it is a great start and I am delighted to see such progress.
The report has also brought people into our world who offer significant and in-depth expertise of their own. So for example for former city employment lawyer Richard Martin, now with
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Paul qualified as a UK solicitor in 1987 and for much of his career he was an in-house lawyer. Paul was the General Counsel in two major UK financial services companies and held positions as chairman and chief executive of the national in-house lawyers Commerce & Industry Group. For six years Paul was a Council Member of the England & Wales Law Society and was elected to the Society’s Main Management Board. Until 2014 he was also Vice-Chairman and a Trustee of LawWorks, the UK’s national pro bono charity.
Paul is a successful author with six books and over one-hundred published articles in the UK, Europe, North America and South Africa
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