LawCare WA

LawCare WA

LawCare WA

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Working in the legal profession can be rewarding and challenging at the same time. It is important that we find balance in our lives as we juggle careers, family, friends and hobbies.

LawCare WA has a holistic approach to wellbeing and resilience. Membership of the Law Society provides complimentary access to LawCare WA to help you manage your career, life, health and wellbeing.

LawCare WA supports your wellbeing and resilience through access to:

  • Member assistance programme
  • Employee relations advice line
  • Senior Advisors Panel for ethical advice
  • Western Australian Referral Service for assistance with complaints to the Legal Profession Complaints Committee
  • Health and wellbeing events and member privileges
  • career advice
  • mentoring
  • flexible work practices
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View the LawCare WA brochure for more information.

Case Studies

See how these leading legal professionals have balanced career, family and life.

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Member Assistance Programme

Member Assistance Programme

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The member assistance programme offers support with personal and work-related issues that may impact your job performance, health, mental and emotional wellbeing. This programme offers independent and confidential professional counselling to support your wellbeing in the workplace and in your personal life. LawCare WA provides up to three free sessions per membership year.

Members also have complimentary access to resources via a web portal to help manage career, life, finances and health and wellbeing issues.

The Programme is designed to assist you in meeting the challenges and demands of your work and personal life. A professional counselling service offers confidential, short-term support for a variety of work-related and personal problems that may be affecting you at work or at home. The Programme gives you access to qualified professionals, including psychologists, social workers and management coaches to help with a range of issues and concerns, including:

  • Interpersonal conflict and tension
  • Work-related stress
  • Changes in your work environment
  • Harassment and grievances
  • Relationship or family matters
  • Personal and emotional stress
  • Grief and bereavement
  • Career issues
  • Mental health concerns
  • Personal crisis or trauma

Accessing the service

To speak with a counsellor over the phone or make an appointment to see a consultant for a face-to-face session please call 1300 687 327. 

Office hours are 8.00am – 6.00pm Monday to Friday. Services are available 24 hours, 7 days a week, to facilitate enquiries, booking requests and to provide assistance in crisis situations.

You can access counselling assistance for up to 3 sessions per year, your details will not be passed on to anyone in Law Society.

To access the web portal please login to members.lawsocietywa.asn.au > Member Resources > LawCare WA for the login details.

How does Counselling work?

This service involves you speaking with an counsellor either face-to-face, over the telephone or via the internet. People based in remote work locations frequently use the telephone and the internet for counselling, coaching and support.

Support is available 24 hours, 7 days per week year round. Scheduled appointments generally occur during business hours. After hours there is access
to telephone counselling and emergency support.

What happens during Counselling?

Your first session with a counsellor generally lasts about one hour. During this time you will talk about the key issues that brought you to counselling.

Why talk with a counsellor?

Talking with a counsellor can help you to identify and resolve issues that may be causing you difficulty. It is possible you may be feeling stressed or overwhelmed with work or personal commitments and sometimes it is hard to know what to do or who to talk to, particularly about concerns you would like to keep private.

Does Counselling work?

Yes. Counselling is most effective when you decide to make the time to understand and work through issues that are preventing you from leading the life you want. Counselling is not about giving advice. It is about helping you to understand your situation and to find answers that work for you.

What are the counsellors’ qualifications?

All counsellors are qualified professionals with extensive experience in their specialty areas. The team of specialists include registered psychologists, social workers, specialist counsellors, pastoral care counsellors, careers coaches, vocational counsellors, HR specialists, management coaches, financial counsellors, and lifestyle and nutrition coaches.

Is this counselling service confidential?

Yes. Confidentiality and privacy are important. The counselling service is provided by Converge International, when you see a counsellor, no details of your issues will be discussed with anyone without your permission. Converge International provides periodical reports to the Law Society but they do not identify any individual information.

This service is provided by Converge International.

Converge International

Disclaimer: The Law Society does not warrant or guarantee the LawCare WA services provided by the third party provider and are not liable in relation to any aspect of the services they may provide to you. The Law Society shall not be liable for any damages or costs of any type arising out of or in any way connected with your use of these services.
Information is not intended to replace the medical advice of your doctor or healthcare provider. Please consult your doctor or healthcare provider for advice about a medical condition.

Employee Relations Advice Line

Employee Relations Advice Line

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Free help for you when you need it on serious employment issues

LawCare WA offers a free confidential telephone advice service to members on personal matters relating to a range of human resources and employee relations issues including*:

  • Wage rates
  • Award and agreement interpretation
  • Performance management and termination
  • Equal opportunity, bullying and harassment
  • Employee minimum entitlements
  • Unfair dismissals

The Employee Relations Advice Line is available 8.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Thursday and 8.00am to 4.00pm on Friday. The service is closed on weekends and public holidays.

If after speaking to CCIWA more substantial employee relations advice is required, members may use the Law Society’s Find a Lawyer service to find legal practitioners specialising in employee relations law.

Please call (08) 9365 7660 for the Employee Relations Advice Line
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*This service is only for a Law Society member who is an individual employee (not an employer).

Service provide by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia.

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Disclaimer: The Law Society does not warrant or guarantee the LawCare WA services provided by the third party provider and are not liable in relation to any aspect of the services they may provide to you. The Law Society shall not be liable for any damages or costs of any type arising out of or in any way connected with your use of these services.

Senior Advisors Panel

Senior Advisors Panel

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The Senior Advisors Panel provides practitioners with access to experienced colleagues. Members of the Panel have indicated their willingness to be available to discuss professional conduct and ethical issues. All discussions are conducted on a confidential basis.

Guidance given by members of the Senior Advisors Panel does not constitute legal advice. There is no lawyer/client relationship unless specifically agreed between the practitioner seeking assistance and the member of the Senior Advisors Panel.

Members of the Senior Advisors Panel can be contacted direct. Alternatively, practitioners seeking assistance can telephone the Law Society on (08) 9324 8600 for a referral to a panel member with relevant expertise.

Disclaimer: The Law Society does not warrant or guarantee the work undertaken by any firm or individual listed or provided and is not liable in relation to any aspect of legal services they may provide to you.

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WA Bar Association Referral Service

WA Bar Association Referral Service

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Assistance with Complaints to Legal Profession Complaints Committee

The Western Australian Bar Association Referral Service was established by the Bar Association to provide advice to practitioners who are the subject of complaint to the Legal Profession Complaints Committee and the State Administrative Tribunal.

A register of silks and senior juniors who are prepared not to charge to advise practitioners is maintained by the Bar Association.

The scope of the assistance provided without charge under the Referral Service is usually limited to consideration of the relevant papers  and the provision of advice in conference as to the practitioner’s problem.

In some circumstances, the barrister advising the practitioner may also be prepared to provide additional assistance such as assisting the  practitioner with correspondence with the Legal Profession Complaints Committee, representation for the purposes of conferral with the Legal Profession Complaints Committee and representation in proceedings before the State Administrative Tribunal.

Where additional assistance is provided, what, if any, fee arrangements are to be put in place is a matter for the practitioner and the barrister to discuss and agree.  In some circumstances the barrister may be prepared to act without charge or to agree a reduced fee for the provision of the additional services.

In recent times the calls on the resources of the Referral Service have been extensive.

While any practitioner facing a complaint from the Legal Profession Complaints Committee is encouraged to contact the Referral Service and all appropriate efforts will be made to provide assistance, practitioners facing a complaint from the Legal Profession Complaints Committee should also give consideration to alternatives to the use of the Referral Service, such as seeking advice directly from a barrister or other senior practitioner with whom the practitioner has an existing relationship or, particularly in a serious case, engaging appropriate legal representation in the conventional way.

The Referral Service is administered by the Vice President of the WA Bar Association, who may be contacted through the Executive Officer, Debbie Cole, at Francis Burt Chambers on (08) 9220 0477.

It is not necessary to be a member of the Law Society of WA to use the Referral Service.  The Referral Service is available to all members the profession.

Disclaimer: The Law Society does not warrant or guarantee the work undertaken by any firm or individual listed or provided and is not liable in relation to any aspect of legal services they may provide to you.

This service is provided by the Western Australian Bar Association

WA Bar Association

Disclaimer: The Law Society does not warrant or guarantee the work undertaken by any firm or individual listed or provided and is not liable in relation to any aspect of legal services they may provide to you. 

Health and Wellbeing

Health and Wellbeing

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To make the most of life it is important to maintain a healthy body and mind. Being resilient in the face of life’s inevitable changes and setbacks will help greatly in your relationships with friends and family, as well as in a working environment.

Physical and mental health go hand in hand. As part of LawCare WA members can attend complimentary Pilates classes provided by HBF twice a year.

The Law Society’s Young Lawyers Committee also hosts sporting tournaments throughout the year including Beach Volleyball and Mixed Netball to encourage sportsmanship, social interaction, health and networking.

The Law Society’s member privileges programme also promotes special offers and discounts in health, travel, home and life insurance, financial advice services and assistance in the
home, exclusively for members.

Looking after your health and wellbeing

Many legal practitioners have jobs that involve significant levels of stress, with long hours or a highly competitive workplace that impact on their health and wellbeing. Psychological distress is a legitimate health problem that has disproportionately affected the legal profession in the past, but there are a range of clinical and professional services that can provide assistance.

Through LawCare WA members of the Law Society can access online resources to assist with life, family and relationships; living healthy; financial wellbeing; work and career.

For emergency psychiatric assistance, contact the Department of Health’s Mental Health Emergency Response Line.