My good friend Michael (not his real name) was killed by covid-19. He’s not the only lawyer, or even the only British lawyer I know who has met a similar fate. 

He wasn’t old – just in his mid-fifties. And he wasn’t suffering from any obvious prior condition, according to his widow.

As a scientist and a psychologist, I have tried to piece together Michael’s last months and find the real reason why the virus found him such an easy victim. What I found are lessons for us all. 

Up until February 2020, he lived what might pass – at least in the legal profession – for a normal life.

He was the managing partner of a small London firm. He had a large commercial law...

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