This guest post is written by David Jacobs, Director of Training at the Wellbeing Work Alliance.

If you search any of the top 100 law firms and add "wellbeing" after their name I can more or less guarantee that for almost all of them, you’ll come up with something. Maybe they have a member of staff with specific responsibility for wellbeing, or they've brought in external wellbeing experts to train their staff or they’ve become involved with the Barclays, Pinsent Masons and Addleshaw Goddard initiative, the Mindful Business Charter. Whatever it is, Wellbeing is big and getting bigger. Which is not really surprising as it’s a "win-win" solution on so many different levels: in relation to employees work/life balance and stress management, through to attracting and retaining the best staff and improving productivity and profitability. Done with real commitment rather than as a half-hearted box-ticking lip-service exercise the potential is life and business changing.

Here at the Wellbeing Work Alliance, a focal point for all aspects of wellbeing for lawyers and law firms, we have put together a conference on precisely this topic, in London on 17 September.

This very practical event is chaired by one of the leaders in this field, barrister and coach James Pereira QC who is supported by a high-level panel of speakers drawn from private practice, in-house, consultancy and the charitable sector.

 “For years now report after report has identified stress and poor wellbeing as major factors afflicting the health of the legal profession,” says James Pereira QC. “Yet there is a wide body of research across employment sectors demonstrating the link between employee wellbeing and productivity, growth and enhanced professional performance.  When lawyers suffer, their clients suffer too.  That is not an acceptable proposition in service industry that prides itself on exceptional performance. We know the problems. It is time to focus on solutions.  I am pleased to be chairing a conference aimed at just that.”

The conference is going to appeal to all those within law firms, barristers chambers and in-house legal and HR departments who actually "get" both the importance of managing wellbeing in their working environment and the personal, team and business benefits that will accrue

Delegates will take away with them an insight into the latest thinking on wellbeing in practice together with the tools they need to drive forward the development and enhancement of their own organisation's wellbeing policies and practices.

We have a very special panel of speakers:

  • James Pereira QC, Francis Taylor Building, and The Libra Partnership
  • Elizabeth Rimmer, CEO LawCare
  • David McCahon, Global Head of Commercial, Innovation and Technology Legal, Barclays
  • Guy Setford, co-CEO Setfords
  • Kate Dodd, Pinsent Masons
  • Nick Bloy, Wellbeing Republic
  • Lou Campbell, Mindfulness in the Workplace
  • Helen Reid, Energy & Mindset Coach & Mentor
  • Tony Hackett, Anthony Hackett Associates
  • Kayleigh Leonie, Macfarlanes

Who are going to be covering the following big issues:

  • The What and Why of Wellbeing for Lawyers
  • Understanding Anxiety
  • Why Mental Health Matters For Lawyers
  • Wellbeing – The in-house Legal Function Perspective
  • The Mindful Business Charter
  • Profitability, Productivity and Wellbeing
  • Making Effective Collaboration and Teamwork Risk Free
  • Case Study: Wellbeing in Practice
  • Finding and Maintaining Emotional Wellbeing for Busy, High-Achievers
  • The Art of Mindfulness for Wellbeing
  • Where Do We Go From Here? Putting it All into Practice

Plus, we will be donating a proportion of the receipts to LawCare. LawCare’s mission is to provide information and support to anyone in the legal community experiencing mental health and wellbeing problems

To find out more about the conference please click here.

The Wellbeing Work Alliance provides training and confidential coaching and consultancy services for both individuals and law firms. Services range from discrete one-to-one coaching, assessments and interventions through to in-house courses on Wellbeing in the Workplace

Founder members of The Wellbeing Work Alliance are:

David Jacobs: former practising barrister and in-house lawyer. He is also perhaps the most experienced developer of training programmes currently working in the legal industry and has produced more than 1750 events and training products

James Pereira QC divides his time between a leading practice at the bar and dedicated work as an individual and team coach. He is a trained organisation, relationship and systems coach and certified NLP Master Practitioner.

Nick Bloy is a former Lawyer and HR Business Partner. He works as an executive coach and trainer, regularly delivering training to lawyers and other professionals.

Zita Tulyahikayo is a London based Systemic Coach of her own concept, Life Therapy. She co-writes a bi-monthly career and wellbeing column “Loving Legal Life” for The Lawyer Magazine and is Wellbeing Adviser for Counsel Magazine with James Pereira.

Helen Reid is a leading energy and mindset coach and mentor. She worked in London as a corporate tax lawyer for 8 years before transitioning into coaching.