Legal Lightbulbs: Why are junior lawyers so unhappy?

02 June 2022 By Robyn Tongol

Legal employers have made great strides in recent years to better accommodate and cater to the myriad wellness needs of professionals. However, there are longstanding structural issues that impact the wellbeing of those coming through the ranks, which are incredibly difficult to overcome.

On this episode of Legal Lightbulbs, produced by Lawyers Weekly and Bowd, hosts Jerome Doraisamy and Fionn Bowd discuss the circumstances that give rise to elevated levels of unhappiness as well as psychological distress, anxiety and depression among new practitioners. They talk about reactive versus proactive approaches, inherited structural problems, and whether junior lawyers prefer WFH arrangements as a way of counteracting some of the worst aspects of the workplace.

Jerome and Fionn also reflect on whether WFH arrangements will improve happiness levels over time or whether they will give rise to new problems. They ask whether employers have a duty to meaningfully and honestly communicate with staff about the expectations and parameters of legal work, whether there is an individual responsibility to manage one’s own wellness, and ultimately, whether we should take the view that honesty from all parties is essential to moving forward.

To learn more about Fionn Bowd, click here. If you have any questions you want to see answered on this show, reach out to Jerome at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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