Suicide triggers alarm over stress levels

A highly regarded and long standing adviser to the Law Society has committed suicide amid growing alarm about the stress faced by solicitors.

Mystery surrounds why Andrew Williamson, sole principal of Nottinghamshire firm Williamsons, took his life, but his death comes only weeks after a report showed that solicitors suffered more stress than junior doctors.

The Trainee Solicitors Group (TSG) also recently revealed a huge rise in the number of calls to its helpline – including two suicide calls in the past six months.

Williamson advised the Society on IT and practice development for 10 years.

He was the first practitioner to receive the ISO 9000 prac tice management standard.

A Law Society spokeswoman said everyone was “very saddened” by his death and that Michael Mathews, Law Society president, would be writing to his family and firm.