Legal Business

The wellness crisis for in-house counsel – you must sort it out

Paul Gilbert argues that general counsel’s failure to act as a team has heaped a rising burden on stressed in-house lawyers

As a consultant spending most of my professional time working with general counsel (GCs), so concerned have I become at the pressures and strain on the mental health of in-house counsel, that this summer I authored a report on what I see as the crisis in well-being in-house. In this article I won’t repeat those concerns – nor dwell on how poorly I believe some GCs are addressing the issue – but I will try to identify the root causes of the problems I have found and some simple steps to rectify them.