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LawCare

LawCare is a charity with a mission is to help the legal community with personal or professional concerns that may be affecting their mental health and wellbeing and promote understanding of how and when to seek help, without fear or stigma.

LawCare helps all branches of the legal profession: solicitors, barristers, barrister’s clerks, judges, Chartered Legal Executives, paralegals, trade mark attorneys, patent agents, costs lawyers and their staff and families.  The support spans the entire gamut of legal life from student, to training, to practice and into retirement.

Law can be a demanding profession and dealing with regulatory issues or facing professional disciplinary scrutiny can be extremely stressful.  LawCare provides support to legal professionals through guidance on its website and its free, independent and confidential helpline, which is open 365 days a year.  LawCare’s staff and volunteers have worked in the law and understand the demands of legal education, training and practice.  Further details about the helpline can be found on the LawCare website.

SBA - The Solicitors' Charity

SBA The Solicitors’ Charity (the SBA) is an independent charity that supports current and former solicitors and their families.  The SBA helps those in serious financial need as a result of illness, accident, redundancy or other adversity, by providing them with grants and interest-free loans, access to advice on welfare benefits and managing debt and support with career transition.

Details of who the SBA helps and how to apply for help are available on their website.

Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal adjudicates on alleged breaches of the rules and regulations applicable to solicitors and their firms.  The Tribunal and its administration company are wholly independent of the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

The Tribunal has an Interactive Tour of its reception, hearing and discussion rooms, on its website.  The aim of the tour is to assist the parties of a case and members of the public to familiarise themselves with some of the main features of the Tribunal, before they attend for the first time.

Healthcare profession

Practitioner Health Programme

The NHS Practitioner Health Programme is an award winning, free and confidential NHS service for doctors and dentists with issues relating to a mental or physical health concern or addiction problem, in particular where these might affect their work.

The service is a non-emergency, self-referral service provided by health professionals specialising in mental health support, in various locations across England.  Emergency or crisis issues should be directed to the mainstream National Health Service.  Details of how to access the service are available on its website, which contains details about the team providing the service and further resources and support.

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