PUTTING AN END TO BULLYING IN THE LEGAL PROFESSION: USEFUL LINKS
I was sad to read a Tweet from a practising barrister earlier today. The barrister tweets anonymously (and thus candidly). They describe a terrible situation of bullying within the legal profession and their decision to “bite back”. This led me to look for useful links to help anyone in a similar situation.
Bit back at my work bully today. It’s very liberating. They do fuck all back. Utterly powerless. Why do we ever let these people into our heads?
THE SCALE OF THE PROBLEM
The International Bar Association ” New IBA report calls time on ‘endemic’ bullying and sexual harassment in the legal profession”
This was a global survey.
- one in two women and one in three men have experienced bullying in the workplace;
- one in three women and one in 14 men have been sexually harassed;
- in 57 per cent of bullying cases, incidents were not reported, with the figure rising to 75 per cent for episodes of sexual harassment;
- there is considerable adverse impact, with 65 per cent of bullied practitioners having left or considered leaving their workplace as a result;
- workplaces are not doing enough to prevent or adequately respond to misconduct, with policies regarding bullying and sexual harassment present in only 53 per cent of workplaces; and
- just one in five workplaces have conducted training in recognising and reporting problems in these areas.
There is a Wikipedia entry Bullying in the legal profession
“Bullying in the legal profession is believed to be more common than in some other professions. It is believed that its adversarial, hierarchical tradition contributes towards this. Women, trainees and solicitors who have been qualified for five years or less are more impacted, as are ethnic minority lawyers and lesbian, gay and bisexual lawyers.
Half of women lawyers and one in three men who took part in a study by the Law Council of Australia (LCA) reported they had been bullied or intimidated in the workplace. The Law Council of Australia has found that women face significant levels of discrimination, with one of the study’s key figures telling Lawyers Weekly the profession is a “men’s only club”.
According to former High Court judge Michael Kirby, the rudeness of judges trickles down to senior lawyers who then vent their frustrations on more junior staff, thus creating a cycle of bullying and stress that is rife within the legal profession.”
The Wikipedia entry has some useful links. I have concentrated on those that give practical advice on preventing bullying and dealing with bullying when it occurs.
- Civility Matters: Rudeness and Bullying in the Legal Profession
- The Connecticut Law Tribune August 27, 2014 Editorial: Confronting Bullying Within the Legal Profession
- Bullying at Work Legal Organizations, Coping Strategies, and Health Problems
- Psycholawology Bullying at Work [Legal Organizations], Coping Strategies, and Health Problems
- The Strong Firm Attorneys Knocking Out Bullying in the Legal Profession
- The Law Society Legal profession must tackle bullying and harassment head on
- The Lawyer Careers Bullying in law firms: how to cope
- The Bullyonline Website has a case study Bullying of paralegal in a law firm in the legal profession
- Law Society of Scotland Preventing bullying and harassment: Guidance for individuals, firms and organisations
- ABA Lawyer bullies: what do we do about it
- Lewis Silkin UsToo? – Addressing bullying and sexual harassment in the legal profession
- Vice Why Junior Lawyers Are at the Heart of Law’s Bullying and Harassment Problems
- LexisNexis How can law firms prevent bullying and harassment?
- AdvocateDaily.com Bullying in the legal profession requires a culture fix
- The Faculty of Advocates Dean: Bullying has no place in legal profession
- Focal point training Why is the legal profession so far behind when it comes to dealing with bullying and sexual harassment?
- WagnersidloskyLLP How to deal with lawyers who are bullies