IBA Annual Conference Paris 2023

29 Oct - 3 Nov 2023

Room 243, Level 2

Session information

Wellness in the profession: partying like it’s 1999

Tuesday 31 October (1615 - 1730)

Room 243, Level 2


IBA Professional Wellbeing Commission (Lead)
Bar Issues Commission
IBA Legal Policy & Research Unit


Recent “viral” reports of internal law firm communications that emphasise the “24/7” nature of the practice of law and the need to be constantly “on line” are anecdotal examples of part of the continuing failure of the legal private sector to address the well-documented effects that the practice of law has on the mental well-being of legal practitioners and their support teams. The IBA Professional Wellbeing Commission's survey showed that while most lawyers confirmed their firm’s awareness of the needs to address wellness, in most case the reality was different. This programme will focus on the practical solutions that law firms can and should adopt, recognising the reality of contemporary legal practice while implementing appropriate accommodations.

Session / Workshop Chair(s)

Deborah Enix-Ross Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, New York, New York, USA; President / Chairperson, American Bar Association
Steven Richman American Bar Association, Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Chair, Bar Issues Commission Policy Committee


George Artley International Bar Association, London, England
Antoinette Moriarty Law Society of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
Isibor Oaikhinan Central Bank of Nigeria, Abuja, Nigeria; Commissioner, IBA Professional Wellbeing Commission
Lucinda Soon lucindasoon.com, London, England
Desi Vlahos Australian College of Applied Professions, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; Asia Pacific Regional Forum Liaison Officer, Academic and Professional Development Committee