Happiness in the legal sector
In the 2022 Law360 Pulse Lawyer Satisfaction Survey, Fisher Phillips listed a number of categories that make employees happy, including "pay, billable hours and possibilities for growth.
Due to a rise in demand for lawyers, wages at large law firms have lately risen dramatically. According to City AM, as of January 2022, a freshly qualified solicitor in Milbank's London office may expect to earn $215,000 per year. While bigger salaries could be intended to lead to happiness, the truth, on the other hand, is a little more subtle. Working hours are escalating with the average end time for the day being 11.28pm in 2021 up from 9.46pm in 2020. Burnout and mental health concerns in the legal profession appear to be on the rise, clearly, law firms are feeling the heat.
When talking about happiness, well-being is an important factor. To manage heavy workloads, a lack of sleep appears to be the norm, and the high-pressure climate may lead to anxiety and other mental health difficulties. The worst-case scenario is a full mental collapse or burnout, which does not happen to all lawyers but appears to be more prevalent in the legal sector.
Written by: Anthon Linton, Recruitment Account Manager, The Law Society Gazette Jobs