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  • “The SBA confirms my professional standing as a lawyer

  • “No one should feel their life is in such a state that they can’t ask for help”

  • “You know that there are people there to support you and that you are not alone”

  • “I was not yet suicidal but I was close to breaking point

Other Sources Of Support

LawCare

LawCare is an advisory and support service designed to help lawyers, their immediate families and their staff to deal with issues such as stress, depression, addiction, eating disorders and related emotional difficulties.

The service offers the opportunity to discuss such problems which are interfering with, or have the potential to interfere with, work performance and/or family life and to seek help in resolving them in their early stages.

The service is free and entirely confidential. Helplines are open from 9am to 7.30pm on weekdays and 10am-4pm at weekends and on bank holidays. LawCare can also arrange a call-back outside normal hours.

For further information:

Solicitors’ Assistance Scheme

In the early 1970s a number of solicitors, concerned that the growth in the profession had led practitioners to become more isolated, set up the SAS, which now has approximately 80 members in different parts of the country.

Its aims are to offer assured confidential advice to fellow solicitors, their families and employees on any problem troubling them, whether personal or professional.

The first consultation remains free of charge and thereafter the member will discuss any appropriate remuneration with the person seeking help. The SAS is independent of the Law Society and Solicitors Regulation Authority.

To find out more:

Law Society Pastoral Care

Solicitors can call the Law Society’s helplines for advice and support on all aspects of legal practice.

Helplines are open between 9am and 5pm on weekdays.

Turn2us

Turn2us is a free service that helps people in financial need to access welfare benefits, charitable grants and other financial help.

The Turn2us website can help find financial support, quickly and easily, based on individual circumstances. It features a free and easy to use Benefits Calculator, Grants Search and other useful information and resources.