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Helping someone else

peer support

The Law Society understands that building a community and network of solicitors who are compassionate, who can notice when someone is in distress, and who can be vulnerable and imperfect around each other is human, and gives us all a sense of wellbeing.

Solicitors supporting each other

2021 involves the piloting of a peer support programme for Law Society members using the Balint method. This method is commonly used among peer groups who work closely with clients - including medical trainees, social workers, and other professionals.

The intention of the peer support programme is to facilitate a space where solicitors can support each other in a safe setting. It encourages group members to appreciate the vulnerability of their clients and it supports group members develop a deeper understanding of their own and the client’s feelings.
To comply with public health restrictions, meetings are taking place in an online format for the moment.

This programme is an initiative of the Law Society Professional Wellbeing Project, in collaboration with Law Society Finuas Skillnet with the support of Skillnet Ireland. To support free exchange and discussion, the Law Society has no role in running the group meetings. The Law Society’s sole purpose in this initiative is to assist in the setting up of the peer support system. The programme is run by solicitors with the support of Programme Ambassador (and Law Firm Principal), Sonia Mc Entee.

Exclusively self-employed principals have been invited to engage in the pilot component of the peer support programme, which is now closed. Depending on the success of the pilot, the programme may be expanded out to other categories of members in the future.

Contact us

For those of you who are interested in engaging in potential future peer support groups, there will be a communication campaign around this.

If you would like to be contacted by the Law Society when this communication campaign goes live, please contact professionalwellbeing@lawsociety.ie to be added to the contact list. 

“Ask an Expert” Column

Are you limited in the amount of colleagues or friends you have with whom you can discuss matters or share problems? Are you working in a firm where it may feel unsafe to ask questions or raise dilemmas?

You are not on your own. Our experts would like to offer you some support.

We are inviting you, Law Society members, to write into us with any interpersonal or wellbeing problems/questions/issues you are facing in the workplace. Your problem will be addressed in the ‘Ask an Expert’ column of the Gazette magazine by an expert who will focus on offering support, acknowledgement, reflections, tips, and techniques. 

All matters will be treated on a totally confidential basis; names and personal details will be anonymised (the expert providing the advice will not be provided with any personal details), and all emails will be deleted once the subject matter has been dealt with by the expert.

Experts include psychotherapists, executive coaches, academics, psychologists, solicitors, and others - depending on the problems raised.

Women in Leadership Mentoring Programme

The Law Society is committed to your wellbeing and promoting gender equality, diversity and inclusion within the solicitors’ profession.

As part of our commitment, we are proud to offer the Women in Leadership Mentoring Programme, with the aim of supporting women who have been qualified for a minimum of five years and who wish to advance their careers to a senior level.

  • Applications for the 2021/22 Women in Leadership Programme are now closed.

For full details on the programme, visit the Women in Leadership page on the website or contact Michelle Nolan, Women in Leadership Programme Manager – m.nolan@lawsociety.ie.