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‘You’re doing a deal with the devil’: Irish lawyers speak out about toxic culture in firms

The Business Post revealed a toxic culture inside Ireland’s legal profession which led to a profound response from lawyers who have left and those who remain.

An impassioned conversation has been ignited about the multitude pressures of working in highly demanding law firms. Picture: Getty

Following the death of a British legal partner who had an ‘acute mental health crisis’ after working 18-hour days, the Business Post reported on a toxic culture in Irish law firms.

Numerous corporate lawyers spoke of working in an environment where placing work above everything else was encouraged and anything less than unwavering loyalty was seen as a sign of weakness.

The response to the reporting has been profound and it is apparent that it ...