Stress is endemic in the legal profession, new research by Lawyer 2B reveals

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  • Farm worker, 16 to 18 hour days during the summer months and luck if there is any work at all during the winter months. Average pay around £21 000 for an adult. Stress in the legal profession? You're looking in the wrong place given that lawyers CHOOSE to be in the profession!

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  • @bobby smith, it's true that other sectors have far worse pay and are not careers of choice, but it doesn't remove the damage done by extreme stress in the legal profession. In some ways it is worse, people go into law hopeful of a meaningful career and many end up exhausted, disillusioned, stressed to collapse and the money can't cure any of those problems.

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  • Bobby, I missed the announcement that this website had been changed to thefarmhand.com

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  • Yeah Bobby, get back on your tractor and do one.

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  • Boo Hoo… cry me a river. Lawyers are massively overpaid and at every stage of a city lawyer's career, they get paid way too much. Especially at partner level. To all you stressed lawyers out there, it is dead simple, go and do something else less stressful instead. Something to do with kitchens and heat. I wonder what the stress levels are like for single mums on benefits? So cry me a river...

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  • And it is exactly your neanderthal attitude to a very damaging problem WTF which means that the best and brightest will shun the law and go and do something more meaningful and less stressful instead. Generation "whatever" won't do what babay boomers and Gen X did in the past, they are much too savvy for that. I have no doubt that strees levels for many people across all sectors are awful to bear but that does not make it right to pooh pooh that it happens in the law as well.

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  • It can't be that bad being a single mother on benefits - a lifestyle choice made by thousands every year.

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  • So let me get this straight, paying somebody excuses bad working conditions? The suicide rate amongst the lawyers is one the highest yet that's ok, because they get paid enough and they chose this career.

    I really do not see how these comments contribute anything to the discussion. Do you feel that if lawyers are less stressed and get to see their family a bit more single mums and farm workers will be somehow worse off?

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  • @Anon 12.56pm you comment is very very naive. Lawyers know exactly what they are getting into and they do it for the money - simple. If they hate it that much then walk away. No sympathy at all.

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  • Chill anonymous @ 12:56. Did you know that neanderthal's were pretty bright, in fact they had larger brains that homo sapiens sapiens, which includes you Anonymous @ 12:56. And they were in Europe, way before us, in fact thousands upon thousands of years before us….and did not use lawyers and survived just fine. In any event, what do you mean by best and brightest? Phurleeze. I hope the best and the brightest do go and do something else, which is useful to man and beast. Invent a new drug, discover something really important in physics etc. Teach young children. You know, useful stuff. Why do people become lawyers in the first place? Trust me, if there was not much cash involved, no one would be doing it. There is stress in most jobs but when are people going to man-up, so to speak. Lawyers have it exceptionally easy. Huge £, by comparison to your average Joe on a bus. The down side is hours and stress. It's a pretty easy equation to balance. This really is a first world issue isn't it?

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