Hugh Koch advises lawyers on understanding stress, resilience, and how to be mindful

During 2012, LawCare conducted a survey of lawyers in the UK and Ireland. 1,147 took part. The results showed that 68 per cent had suffered from stress and 35 per cent had suffered from depression. 27 per cent admitted no impairment. 5 per cent were currently suffering from stress (including depression) and 74 per cent had noticed an increase in stress, with 17 per cent having taken some time off work due to stress in the past year.

The most common causes were work overload (57 per cent), feeling isolated (57 per cent), poor management and lack of appreciation (54 per cent), poor pay (40 per cent), long hours (40 per cent), and having unattainable targets (34 per cent).