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  • WHY LONG HOURS ARE DAMAGING LAWYERS’ HEALTH

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    Busy lawyers. Ask them over for dinner on a Saturday night and expect an urgent call to interrupt their conversation. Stand next to them on a Sunday morning touchline and watch their iPhones competing for attention with their progeny. Go on holiday with them and experience their regular client updates.

    These are more than vignettes. This is the round-the-clock working culture in operation, with no boundary set between work and home as technology and globalisation make modern lawyers continuously accessible.
    Such impressions are solidified by a new Legal Week survey: from a sample of 267 partners and senior lawyers with more than 10 years’ experience in UK commercial law firms, 95% work at weekends while 22% work every weekend.