///30 January 2018: Who cares? Helping partners to show that people matter: a practical approach
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30 January 2018 from 1715-1900  followed by drinks

Since 2003 byrne·dean has worked with many organisations from a variety of industries to help create working environments where people feel valued, comfortable, challenged and safe.  Healthy and happy people thrive, it is easy to achieve and research supports the existence of a natural correlation with organisational success.

We know that the benefits of inclusion and wellbeing are well recognised and appreciated.  We also know that most law firms have policies and systems in place to support how their people feel at work.  However, our experience of talking and working with people in these environments has highlighted that positive intent does not always translate into positive impact.  Quite simply, people who work in law firms often do not feel like their partners and leaders care about them – and that matters.  They might leave, losing the firm’s investment in talent, or they might stay but the chances are they will be demotivated, disengaged and unwell.  According to the Health and Safety Executive more than half a million workers were suffering from, and 12.5 million working days were lost to work-related stress anxiety and depression in 2016/2017.

So how can partners be better at this and what can YOU do?

Exceptional facilitators and employment lawyers, Victoria Lewis and Richard Martin of byrne·dean will provide their insights of working with the legal sector on driving an inclusive culture and promoting good mental health.  They will consider some of the obstacles experienced by law firms and partnerships using their experience and new research prepared by Fides which will provide practical ideas and tips on ways to turn positive intent into positive outcomes.

We are delighted to welcome three highly respected panellists who will share their experiences of how their firms demonstrated they cared about their people and the results they delivered.

Ian Gray, Executive Partner, Eversheds Sutherland

Roger Parker, Senior Counsel, Reed Smith

Monica Burch, Chair of the Mentoring Foundation, former Senior Partner of Addleshaw Goddard

Register here for your complimentary place.

Date:  30 January 2018

Location: De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms, 61-65 Great Queen Street, WC2B 5DA


  • Registration – 1715-1745
  • Seminar and panel – 1745-1900
  • Drinks – 1900

Who should attend?

Partners who want to be better than this, and Human Resources, Learning & Development, Diversity & Inclusion, Wellbeing professionals working in partnerships.  This session has specifically been designed for law firms but is open to anyone who feels this research would benefit their organisation.

Following the event, we will provide you with a white paper of collated ideas and guidance to help you create an environment where your people know you care.


We are conducting some research to better understand how lawyers feel at work, the obstacles to greater inclusion and wellbeing, and the changes that could be made to workplace cultures at law firms.  Please could you spare a couple of minutes to complete this anonymous survey? It will take approximately five minutes to complete with all individual responses kept strictly anonymous.  We want as many lawyers as possible to respond – at all levels – so please do forward it to as many of your colleagues as possible.