A firm has hired military veterans to toughen up its lawyers.
Paris Smith, which has offices in Southampton and Winchester, has commissioned three ex-soldiers to implement a mental resilience programme.
Tim Rushmere, a former Commando, Tim Boughton, a former Commando Pilot in the Fleet Air Arm, and Olly Church, a former Army Officer, all left military service with psychological injuries which, they said, they overcame through self-determination to build "a foundation of resilience".
Now that same mental toughness is going to be visited upon the soft-handed lawyers of Paris Smith. Citing research which suggested that nearly half of people living with a mental health issue hide it from work colleagues, Peter Taylor, the firm’s Managing Partner, said, "I want them to know how to manage any stressful situations, and to strengthen their resilience and wellbeing".
The exact components of the mental fitness strategy devised by the ex-soldiers, who operate as The Eleos Partnership, were not revealed. But despite appearances, the initiative will not encourage solicitors to keep a stiff upper lip. "I subscribe to the philosophy that a trouble shared is a trouble halved", said Taylor. "I want all our staff to feel able to be themselves and authentic".
“It’s vital to remember that no one is invincible", said Boughton at the launch. "We train our bodies to be fit", he said, forgetting his audience, "but do we train our minds to be fit, too? We need to apply the same approach to both".
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