The Times newspaper quotes findings today (28 April, 2014) from a poll carried out by The Law Society amongst nearly 400 staff which shows:
- 16% of staff have been bullied in the past year
- 10% claim to be victims of discrimination
What’s particularly worrying is that these findings are above the national averages of 9% for discrimination and 13% for bullying.
Also a previous survey carried out by The Law Society amongst the profession as a whole two years ago showed 17% of all solicitors claim to have been bullied. The figure was as high as 25% for government lawyers and 23% for those working in industry.
Not sure why this sort of behaviour should be more prevalent in communities of lawyers. But sounds like what’s needed is tough, but non-bullying, management!