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Matheson Signs Law Society of Ireland’s Professional Wellbeing Charter

AUTHORs: Michael Jackson Services: ESG DATE: 03/02/2021

Matheson has become a signatory to the Law Society of Ireland’s Professional Wellbeing Charter.  Open to solicitor firms, in-house solicitors and public sector solicitors, signatories to the Law Society of Ireland’s Professional Wellbeing Charter are committed to improving leadership and championing behaviours, skills and practices which promote and enable professional wellbeing in the workplace.

Matheson is delighted to become a signatory of the Law Society Professional Wellbeing Charter.”, said Michael Jackson, Managing Partner, Matheson.

The tenets of the Law Society Professional Wellbeing Charter very much resonate with our commitment to mindful business practice and our firm values, which include partnership, respect and diversity.  We support the Charter’s clear vision for leaders in the workplace to champion professional wellbeing and to promote positive workplace culture - and in fact we believe that it is essential for the behaviours and practices envisaged by the Charter to be led from the top.”

“Last May, Matheson became the first Irish-headquartered law firm to sign up to the Mindful Business Charter, which is a collaboration between financial services businesses and law firms in Ireland and the UK that are committed to promoting healthy and effective ways of working.  We have subsequently designed and offered a range of wellbeing resources and programmes at the firm and we have seen first-hand how committing to the tenets of mindful business and wellbeing can benefit our colleagues, our clients and the firm itself.  The progress we are making in this area also assists us in continuing to deliver on our stated mission to support people in making meaningful contributions to our clients, to each other and to our society.”, he said.

Speaking about the Charter, President of the Law Society of Ireland, James Cahill said: “The intention of the Law Society’s Professional Wellbeing Charter is to organise our profession's values around professional wellbeing and to provide a forum for solicitor firms to commit to these publicly and collectively.”

The Charter offers firms the opportunity to create a positive workplace culture and sends a message to employees that their wellbeing is valued.  It can also facilitate attracting and retaining talented people.”

By signing the Charter, firms are proactively committing to improving leadership and championing behaviours, skills and practices that promote and enable professional wellbeing at all levels and across all roles.”

It guides us to uphold values like trust, respect, honesty, fairness, compassion and psychological safety in the workplace, while also tackling real challenges like holding unprofessional behaviour to account and addressing stigma around mental health in our profession.”

The Law Society is committed to the wellbeing of our members.  We are encouraged that many firms have already signed the Charter and look forward to working collectively to prioritise wellbeing within the solicitors’ profession.”

Mr Jackson concluded: “I commend the Law Society of Ireland for its leadership on this important initiative; the Law Society Professional Wellbeing Charter has particular relevance at this time, as firms continue to seek to support their employees’ wellbeing in the face of the additional challenges arising from the pandemic.”

About Matheson:

  • Matheson is an Irish law firm.  Our primary focus is on serving the Irish legal needs of internationally focused companies and financial institutions doing business in and from Ireland.
  • Matheson’s clients include the majority of the Fortune 100 companies and it advises 7 of the top 10 global technology brands, 7 of the world’s 10 largest asset managers, and over half of the world’s 50 largest banks.
  • Matheson is headquartered in Dublin and also has offices in Cork, London, New York, San Francisco and Palo Alto.  Matheson employs over 720 people across its six offices, including 97 partners and tax principals, and 520 legal, tax and digital services professionals.
  • Matheson holds the Gold Standard Award from the Irish Centre for Diversity and Inclusion in recognition of the firm’s development and implementation of people-focussed D&I initiatives. Matheson was the first organisation in Ireland to be awarded this accreditation.
  • Matheson’s female / male partner gender ratio is ranked the seventh most gender-diverse in Europe in The Lawyer’s Euro 100 for 2020.
  • Matheson has been named Ireland’s largest law firm by the Law Society of Ireland, following the annual publication in 2021 by the Law Society of practicing solicitor numbers in Ireland in February 2021.