Burnt out: new research highlights impact of long working hours on lawyers' mental health

Cancelled holidays, 70-hour weeks and anxiety - partners blame long hours culture for mental health problems as Legal Week survey highlights reluctance to come forward

The overwhelming majority of City partners believe their mental and physical health is being harmed by the increasing number of hours they work, but many are still reluctant to discuss their mental wellbeing with colleagues, according to the results of a new survey.

Legal Week‘s Big Question survey of 130 lawyers found 91% believe long working hours are negatively impacting their mental and physical health, with 20% stating their working hours harm their health ‘a great deal’. Fewer than one in 10 respondents said their long hours did not affect them negatively.

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