AGE OF DISCONTENT -  Those working at law firms who are aged 45 and over are unhappier in their jobs and with their work-life balance than their younger counterparts are, new research has revealed, while just 2% expect to remain at their current firm for more than the next decade, International’s Habiba Cullen-Jafar reports. The study, commissioned by international law firm Simmons & Simmons, comes as firms fight to retain talent at all levels, with concerns about burnout and well-being top of management agendas. Among respondents aged 45-54, 66% said they are happy at work, while the same percentage reported being happy with their work life balance. Those figures rose for the millennial generation—employees aged between 25 and 34— with 81% saying they are happy at work. 83% of that age group said they are happy with their work life balance. The happiness in law survey, which was published on Wednesday, charted the responses of 1600 lawyers and other law firm employees from firms across the world, with 20% of responses coming from firms with revenues of more than £500 million.


“We were given a stark choice: either withdraw from ongoing representations or withdraw from the firm.”

— Paul Clement, who, along with fellow appellate partner Erin Murphy, is leaving Kirkland & Ellis in the wake of the firm’s announcement that it will no longer represent clients in Second Amendment matters.

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