Chris Parsons has led an incredible legal career, across multiple countries for one of the world’s biggest law firms. However, he believes that the best thing he has ever done is go public about his debilitating mental health issues.
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On this episode of The Lawyers Weekly Show, host Jerome Doraisamy is joined by Herbert Smith Freehills partner and India Practice chair Chris Parsons to the circumstances that led to his breakdown and battle with severe mental health issues, why it was so important for him to be transparent with the outside world about his battle, and how his workplace responded to his needs.
Mr Parsons also delves into how his journey has shaped his perspective on the duty of leadership, his optimism for the mainstreaming of lawyers being able to tell their stories, and how best to come back “from a place of brokenness”.
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