• Elaine Burger-Pienaar

Wellbeing allowances and apps, outsourcing, leadership and mentorship

Highlights from the July 2021 issue of our Practice Management Alert.


The Global Legal Post reports on a wellbeing app in their article of 8 July 2021, entitled Linklaters rolls out workplace wellbeing app to UK staff. ‘The issue of mental health in the legal industry has come under a harsh spotlight as a result of the pandemic, with forced remote working and surging workloads leading to burnout and other mental health concerns, particularly among younger lawyers’.

Nick Syson, Linklaters’ health and wellbeing partner, says “We are proud of our culture of being open, positive and proactive about mental health and to be championing the next frontier in employee wellbeing support”. They are also giving their employees a £300 allowance (approximately R6253) towards ‘personally relevant’ resources and tools, which could be meditation or yoga classes, or even knitting.

(See: https://www.legalcheek.com/2021/07/linklaters-hands-lawyers-300-to-cover-knitting-yoga-and-meditation-classes/)

Other law firms who have also created similar apps are Slaughter & May, Taylor Wessing and Eversheds Sutherland.


As we celebrate Women’s month in South Africa, we commemorate the women progressing in leadership roles. Locally, on GoLegal.co.za (31 March) Adams & Adams welcomes first female chairperson and further members of the management committee; and Marelise Van Der Westhuizen is the CEO and Head of Risk Advisory and Director of Norton Rose Fulbright in Johannesburg.

The Global Legal Post (10 June 2021) reports that Clyde & Co appoints North America head as first woman senior partner.

In another article (10 July), Linklaters appoints new global head of corporate in latest leadership reshuffle, the first female to hold that position [of senior partner] in the firm’s 200-year history.

Dentons share their new leadership structure in their article on Dentons.com, 2 July: Dentons US implements new leadership model.

Patrick J. Mckenna asks Would you as firm leader benefit from having an advisory board (Legal Business World, 20 July).


In the article New law sensation: What are LPOs? (Robus, 13 July 2021), Noa Siskind looks at outsourcing solutions, specifically Legal Process Outsourcing. This business model ‘offers lower labour costs, 24-hour service and direct access to professional lawyers available for whatever specialty is in need’. This creates efficiency, growth and success within firms.


Law students benefit greatly from having a mentor while they complete their studies. It helps them form valuable connections within the legal industry, gives them perspective on new information and methods, and helps both parties grow professionally by expanding their skills to mutual betterment.

Sharon Miki provides a ‘A Guide to legal mentors and how to find one’ (Clio, July 20 2021).

With a lot less one-to-one time in person, professionals are having to rely on technology for online meetings to keep up relationships and communication. Amanda Lonergan gives timely tips for ‘Mentoring associates in a virtual world’ (Jul/Aug 2021 Legal Management p36).

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