Dignity Matters

Coming together to address bullying, harassment, and sexual harassment in the solicitors' profession. Why not be part of the change and have your say on dignity matters?

Transform workplace culture

The Law Society is inviting everyone on the Roll of Solicitors, and Law School trainees, to participate in the Dignity Matters survey to help transform workplace culture. The survey will ask about solicitors’ subjective experience of previous/current work environments in Ireland, specifically as it relates to bullying, harassment, and sexual harassment. 

Independent research consultancy firm, Crowe, have been appointed to deliver this survey. Crowe will adhere to ethical research guidelines, protect participants' confidentiality, and participants will not be bound, in any way, by their answers.

Crowe would like to hear from trainees and everyone on the Roll of Solicitors (practicing and non-practicing solicitors), including those who have not been affected by bullying or harassment, to establish an accurate depiction of workplace culture (good and bad).

The survey was launched in May 2021 and it offers an opportunity to reflect, to take stock, and to share your story, experiences, and thoughts on this important issue. The deadline for survey submissions to Crowe is COB 18 June 2021. After this, the survey will be closed.

If you have not received an invite for the Dignity Matters survey from Crowe in your email inbox, please contact Deirdre O'Reilly in Crowe who can re-send the email invite to you. The invite may have been blocked by your firm's IT system or it may be caught in your spam/junk mail.

An evidence-based programme of action

The Dignity Matters survey is one part of an evidence-based programme of action to address bullying, harassment and sexual harassment in the solicitors' profession and to support a culture of dignity, respect and inclusivity. Recommendations will be determined by an independent research study to include the above mentioned Dignity Matters survey, as well as findings from the IBA “Us Too?” Report. A change programme to implement the recommendations will follow upon approval by the Law Society Council.

How do I get involved?

In May 2021, an email with a link to the Dignity Matters survey was sent to everyone on the Roll of Solicitors with instructions on how to participate. This email was sent independently by Crowe to protect the confidentiality of survey respondents and to respect the privacy of survey content.

Law School trainees will be directed by the Law School about how and where to access the survey link online when the survey is launched.

Clicking on the link will bring survey invitees to the individual survey. A helpdesk will be made available by Crowe for the period the survey is open; it will be accessible via email and phone and will respond to technical queries only.

Mental Health Supports

There are mental health supports available for anyone who experiences distress on completion of, or while completing, the Dignity Matters survey.

  1. LegalMind is an independent and confidential mental health support that is available to all solicitors with a practising certificate in Ireland and their dependants. They may speak to a counsellor or psychotherapist at any time of the day or night by calling LegalMind on 1800 81 41 77 for in-the-moment support.
  2. Individual counselling is available to Law School trainees through the Law School Psychological Services. Trainees are invited to attend individual counselling to debrief and seek support, in confidence, with anything that may arise for you in completing this Dignity Matters survey. Trainees do not need to be in crisis or to have a particular issue to avail of this service. To reach a member of the Psychological Services team, please email counselling@lawsociety.ie or hybridcounselling@lawsociety.ie. The administration team will usually respond to you within 24 hours assigning you to your own therapist. Your therapist will then make contact with you and arrange all appointments directly with you, to suit your timetable.
  3. The Law Society’s Professional Wellbeing Hub signposts solicitors and Law School trainees to a wide range of independent mental health and wellbeing supports. We encourage everyone in the profession to explore the hub and to let colleagues know about it.

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