Lawyer Wellbeing: An Opportunity to thrive for lawyers and firms report publicly

Since 2019, we have been exploring how both mental health and overall wellbeing are critically important issues for individuals in the legal profession and their firms.

741 Acritas Star lawyers across the globe contributed to the first wave of the research which achieved three objectives: 

  1. To establish the current state of wellbeing among our Acritas Star community
  2. To identify the main stress risk factors – what is most detrimental to lawyer wellbeing?
  3. To uncover success strategies that correlated with significantly higher wellbeing

Subsequent waves of the research have focused on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on future working practices, including lawyers’ experiences of flexible working – benefits and drawbacks to individuals, firms and clients. Also, how COVID-19 is changing lawyers working habits and how law firm leaders urgently need to evolve, so they can prioritise investment in the strategies that will deliver greatest return – from talent retention to real estate needs, from collaboration to technology. 

All of these research learnings have been brought together into a new report – ‘Lawyer Wellbeing: An Opportunity to thrive for lawyers and firms'.

 Exclusive insights shared in the report focus on:

►   Six risk factors of wellbeing with actions for law firms

►   Disengagement and feeling there is a lack of support

►   At Risk Acritas Star lawyers who insulate themselves further

►   How to build an effective wellbeing program​​

Download your copy of the Acritas ‘Lawyer Wellbeing: An Opportunity to thrive for lawyers and firms' report today

We’re really excited about what we have learned so far and would like to continue the discussion about wellbeing in the legal sector. If you are interested in being involved, please email We are also planning on expanding the research, both to associates and other law firm employees and also the in-house legal community.

Factors having the biggest impact on wellbeing: 

Time for firm action

There is also a great deal of analysis not included in this report which we are utilizing to help leaderships and taskforces improve wellbeing within their law firms. Rob Cross, our research partner, has also developed several interactive tools which can support your firm’s approach to this industry-wide issue. These insights and the toolkit can be accessed in different ways to suit specific needs and objectives. If you would like to explore these options, please email Jo Summers at or call +44 (0)808 178 3020  

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