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A top down approach

Pippa Allsop argues the case for self-regulation of lawyer working practices supported by a clear framework from employers

23 October 2019

The Central Family Court (CFC) recently garnered a significant level of commendation when Judge Robin Tolson QC released a working draft of a wellbeing memorandum.

The document begins with a global statement establishing that the CFC values the wellbeing of everyone who works and practices there.

It then sets out specific guidelines – or rather, statements of ethos. For example, sitting hours should be restricted to between 10am and 4.30pm, with an hour’s lunchbreak between 1pm and 2pm.

Another (more universally applicable) issue it addresses is that while legal practitioners are at liberty to send emails whenever they wish, there is “no need to reply after 6pm or before 8am”.

The draft wellbeing memorandum is clearly a welcome missive for those who practice in the legal sphere. However, its remit is currently restricted to the CFC and specifically those who practice within it.

So it...

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