Thursday, July 5, 2007
Interesting article in the Times of London: One in Four Lawyers Want to Quit, by Frances Gibb:
Almost a quarter of lawyers want to leave the profession because of stress and long hours, according to a survey published this week. The poll of 2,500 lawyers also indicates that assistant solicitors — those who are not partners — are even more unhappy, with more than a third wanting to give up their jobs. The YouGov survey for The Lawyer magazine confirms that there is widespread dissatisfaction with the work-life balance in law, despite record levels of pay. It coincides with an inquiry by the Law Society of England and Wales into the long hours and lack of career prospects for lawyers with families.
The survey also shows that 20% of managing partners — those in charge of the the firm — wish they were in another job. But few lawyers feel able to leave their jobs, chiefly because of the pay cut. Almost a quarter of lawyers want to leave the profession because of stress and long hours, according to a new survey published this week.