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Trauma room: dealing with the personal impact of abuse cases

Lawyers dealing with traumatic cases can be vulnerable to secondary stress, a psychological disorder that any responsible law firm should take seriously, says Jonathan Wheeler

2 February 2019

As solicitors we are no strangers to stress: demanding clients, demanding bosses, targets to meet and impossible directions to comply with, all contribute. In fact far from being strangers to stress, many of us involved in litigation feel we thrive on it – we are adrenalin junkies with stress fuelling our days as we gulp coffee from office mugs bearing the words: “You don’t have to be mad to work here, but it helps”.

We are becoming keenly aware that our mental health is as important as our physical health. At work we should recognise that the subject matter of the cases we deal with will have an impact on us. Many of us will be representing damaged and vulnerable clients with traumatic, life changing injuries whether physical or psychological. The narratives which we must elicit from our clients to prove and advance their cases may be harrowing. It is clearly important that we maintain ‘the line’ of trusted, professional adviser and do not ...

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