Almost a quarter of lawyers want to leave the profession because of stress and long hours, according to a survey published this week.
The poll of 2,500 lawyers also indicates that assistant solicitors — those who are not partners — are even more unhappy, with more than a third wanting to give up their jobs.
The YouGov survey for The Lawyer magazine confirms that there is widespread dissatisfaction with the work-life balance in law, despite record levels of pay.
It coincides with an inquiry by the Law Society of England and Wales into the long hours and lack of career prospects for lawyers with families.
One in four lawyers wants to change jobs