Hogan Lovells to review stress management in wake of partner's suicide

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  • My good friend Guy Foster also died whilst working for Lovells. I am not blaming them. RIP He will be forever missed. Clearly, there are a lot of unhappy people in the Law and it sounds as if Lovells are doing more than most to address this.

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  • Thanks Former fool, interesting insight. Might I ask what you have moved to? Still at a law firm/in the City? Cheers.

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  • its not just lawyers at law firms but also in house lawyers and other professions / jobs. The companies need to give their employees the open forum to talk about the problems and the depression that they are suffering from and then help the employee to deal with it, whether this is professional help, time off (unpaid if need be) or simply helping them with their work schedule. I recently admitted to my employee that i had been suffering from depression for 2 years.......first they offered help and then within 2 weeks i was being offered an enhanced package to "look at other options". In other words they wanted to sweep it under the carpet. AND this is a company that preaches it looks after its employees!!!!!!

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  • Instead of laying on flowery training sessions on how to become resilient to stress, this firm needs to make a sharp culture change. For starters, the sleeping pods (read: dungeons) need to go. A loveless place indeed...

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  • This is a horrible tragedy. I am so glad I was able to get out of law and go into business. I was trained at a large Wall Street firm as a transactional/M&A guy, and later became a partner at a slightly smaller firm. I would often come home to my wife and young child totally stressed out and agitated. I ended up getting divorced. A while later, I looked into my soul and I just could not do the billable-hours game any more. Clients were often people who were really **achieving_ something in their life, whereas I was just turning the crank. No one's time is worth $1,000 an hour. It's just not. It's emasculating to have to bill clients for "0.1 hours" so that you can make billing quotas. All in all, just not a good way to live. Go out and take some risk and achieve something awesome!! Don't just wipe the a$$es of people who do, and handle their paperwork for them. When you're bouncing your grandchildren on your knee, you want to be telling them something epic. Even if you failed at it. Have passion and greatness, and don't just move the deck chairs around on someone else's boat.

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