Practically Perfect in every single way? part of ELA’s Wellbeing for Employment Lawyers Series

This event is in the past
Wed, 19th Jan 2022
at your desk (National)
Venue Address:
at your desk
Mary B Jackson, Director of Education and Training LawCare
Event Type:
16:00 - 17:30
Fully Booked


  • Free of charge

This event has been organised by the ELA Pastoral Committee and is free to attend.


“The devil is always in the detail” how often have you heard that?  It is true that to be a really good lawyer you need to pay very close attention to facts and approach your work accordingly.  But being always right, always perfect exacts a heavy toll on our mental and physical health so we need to learn to cope and adapt when things don’t go perfectly to plan. Only Mary Poppins was practically perfect in every single way. This webinar will explain/ question the elusive search for Perfectionism and challenge you to find alternative ways of coping and thinking about workplace pressure seeking to remind you that sometimes good enough is indeed good enough.

To explore Perfectionism in a legal context, acknowledge our own imperfections and develop strategies to cope better with the demands of being an employment lawyer.

Areas covered:

  • Perfectionism – an overview
  • Understanding the legal mindset & the legal environment
  • Listening to the inner voices & finding alternatives
  • Accepting Imperfection/Acknowledging mistakes
  • Daring to put self-care at the top of the agenda
  • Changing the culture & practice of law – ideas
  • Q & A

Speaker: Mary B Jackson, Director of Education and Training LawCare
Mary joined LawCare in 2008, the charity that promotes and supports good mental health and wellbeing in the legal community throughout the UK. She worked as a corporate lawyer until 2000, when she changed career to work as a Regional Manager for the Law Society of England & Wales. Prior to working in law, Mary was an inner-city secondary school teacher in London of English, French & Drama. She also worked as a lecturer at St Mary’s College, University of Surrey.

In 2017, Mary obtained her MHFA (Mental Health First Aid) certificate in a bid to deepen her knowledge of mental health issues. That same year, she also qualified as a BACP registered Therapeutic Counsellor inspired by her LawCare helpline work and desire to understand the particular value of the one-to-one relationship.  

Chair: Emma Clark, Keystone Law 

Once you have booked, you will receive a confirmation email. An email containing the login details for the online event will be sent the day before the event. 

This online event will be held on Remo and can be accessed most easily on desktop and laptop computers using Chrome, Safari and Firefox browsers.

If you are unable to make the live webinar, the ‘on demand’ recording will be available to all ELA members.