Professional Practices and Employment Law Partner, Paul Bennett comments on: SDT issues mental health warning to employers in case of solicitor under billing pressure
11th January, 2018
The SDT have issued a warning to law firms on managing mental health following a successful ruling.
SDT issues mental health warning to employers in case of solicitor under billing pressure.
“We do not wish to comment on the specifics of the findings not least as it is still open to the SRA to appeal but it is worth noting exceptional circumstances cases are naturally rare. Successfully argued ones rarer still. The Tribunal found the position here compelling, and unique, based on the evidence it heard. I very much hope my client [Miss James] can now rebuild her career quietly as she would wish.
Moving forward Law firms reading this judgment need to ensure they focus on any mental health issues arising as guided by the Tribunal. We are fortunate to live in an enlightened age with mental health spoken about openly and constructively. The Tribunal has eloquently set out its expectations for firms in the future but that is a far wider point than the specific case itself.”
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