Legal mental health charity LawCare has appointed a new chair to its board of trustees. Andrew Caplen replaces outgoing chair Bronwen Still as of this month.
Andrew is a Solicitor, Notary Public and a former President of the Law Society of England and Wales (2014/2015), Chair of the Law Society’s Management Board (2010- 2012) and Chair of the Law Society’s Access to Justice Committee (2008 -2012). He has written and spoken widely on a range of justice and legal issues.
As President, Andrew particularly focused upon Access to Justice together with issues relating to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. Whilst President he also supported and highlighted the work of LawCare. He has considerable experience within the charity sector and is currently Chair of Spurgeons’ Childrens Charity and a past Chair of Southampton YMCA. He has been a trustee of LawCare since 2018.
Andrew said: “I am excited and honoured at the opportunity to chair LawCare’s Board of Trustees as it seeks to continue its so-important work. Mental health and addiction issues sadly affect so many and the legal profession is by no means immune. It is difficult to underestimate the importance of LawCare and its work in providing awareness, support and that so needed ‘listening voice’.”
Elizabeth Rimmer CEO of LawCare said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to Bronwen, who has been a fantastically supportive chair and remains a trustee of LawCare for the rest of the year. We are delighted Andrew has taken up the baton and we know he will be a great chair."
LawCare is an independent charity offering emotional support, information and training to the legal community in the UK and Ireland. We work to promote good mental health and wellbeing in legal workplaces.
We’re here to help through our confidential helpline, email, webchat and one-to-one peer support network. The helpline number is 0800 279 6888 (1800 991 801 in Ireland) and you can access other support, information and resources at www.lawcare.org.uk (www.lawcare.ie)
We help all branches of the legal profession: solicitors, barristers, barrister’s clerks, judges, legal executives, paralegals, trade mark attorneys, patent attorneys, costs lawyers, and their staff and families.
Our support spans the legal life from student to training to practice and retirement.
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