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Off The Record is a revolutionary new podcast series by the journalists at the Law Society of NSW's award-winning LSJ magazine. Hosted by Kate Allman and Claire Chaffey, this podcast aims to shine a light on dark issues affecting lawyers in Australia.

Off the Record will feature episodes on topics including mental health, eating disorders, substance abuse and bullying – exploring vulnerabilities that exist among humans in all industries, but are rarely discussed among lawyers. The first episode investigates alcohol use and abuse in the legal profession and includes interviews with psychologist and CEO of the Happiness Institute Tim Sharp as well as former Channel Seven journalist and recovering alcoholic Talitha Cummins.

Off the Record LSJ

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    • 4.8 • 17 Ratings

Off The Record is a revolutionary new podcast series by the journalists at the Law Society of NSW's award-winning LSJ magazine. Hosted by Kate Allman and Claire Chaffey, this podcast aims to shine a light on dark issues affecting lawyers in Australia.

Off the Record will feature episodes on topics including mental health, eating disorders, substance abuse and bullying – exploring vulnerabilities that exist among humans in all industries, but are rarely discussed among lawyers. The first episode investigates alcohol use and abuse in the legal profession and includes interviews with psychologist and CEO of the Happiness Institute Tim Sharp as well as former Channel Seven journalist and recovering alcoholic Talitha Cummins.

    Episode 4 - Bullying

    Episode 4 - Bullying

    What's next after #MeToo? Experts say bullying represents the new "frontier" for workplace rights battles. In this exclusive investigation by Off the Record, real lawyers share their harrowing experiences of micro-management, harassment, humiliation, name-calling, verbal abuse and even physical assault.

    Warning: some material may be distressing for listeners. If you are a lawyer in NSW and this episode raises issues for you, please call the Solicitor Outreach Service (SOS) on 1800 592 296. SOS is an independent and confidential psychological counselling service for NSW solicitors. Call or visit https://www.lawsociety.com.au/sos to learn more.

    • 34 min
    Episode 3 - Burnout

    Episode 3 - Burnout

    Burnout has become a hot topic for professionals in 2019 and millennials are not the only employees at risk. As "flexible work" continues to invade our private lives, lawyers are being asked to handle the heat or wither.

    Off the Record is hosted by journalist Kate Allman and produced by Storymill Studios, with proud assistance from our sponsor Legal Home Loans.

    If you are a lawyer in NSW and this episode raises issues for you, please call the Solicitor Outreach Service (SOS) on 1800 592 296. SOS is an independent and confidential psychological counselling service for NSW solicitors. Call or visit https://www.lawsociety.com.au/sos to learn more.

    • 26 min
    Episode 2 - Sexual harassment

    Episode 2 - Sexual harassment

    2018 has seen an historic outpouring of men and women sharing their stories of sexual harassment at work. Until now, lawyers have remained relatively silent about their own #MeToo stories. But the whisperings are growing louder. Episode 2 of Off The Record exposes a hidden scourge driving talent away from the profession.

    Hosted by journalist Kate Allman, featuring interviews with Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins, Womens Agenda Editor Georgina Dent, employment lawyer Josh Bornstein, Vice-President of Australian Women Lawyers Association Leah Marrone and CEO of the Law Society of NSW Michael Tidball.

    If you are a lawyer in NSW and this episode raises issues for you, please call the Solicitor Outreach Service (SOS) on 1800 592 296. SOS is an independent and confidential psychological counselling service for NSW solicitors. Call or visit https://www.lawsociety.com.au/sos to learn more.

    • 33 min
    Episode 1 - Alcohol

    Episode 1 - Alcohol

    Studies have shown lawyers are three times as likely as the general population to be problem drinkers, and yet alcohol is served at almost every work function in the legal industry. And while many lawyers are aware of the risks around depression and mental health in the legal industry, the "drinking culture" in law is often less spoken about. Episode 1 of Off the Record delves deeper into the "taboo" issue of alcoholism in law. Does the legal profession have a drinking problem? And what does stress, deadlines and anxiety have to do with it? Tune in for a compelling discussion with practising lawyers, journalists and psychologists including former Channel Seven journalist Talitha Cummins and Dr Tim Sharp of the Happiness Institute. Hosted by LSJ editors Claire Chaffey and Kate Allman.

    If you are a lawyer in NSW and this episode raises issues for you, please call the Solicitor Outreach Service (SOS) on 1800 592 296. SOS is an independent and confidential psychological counselling service for NSW solicitors. Call or visit https://www.lawsociety.com.au/sos to learn more.

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

podrick90 ,

Another great podcast

Informative and topical, Off The Record is well crafted and interesting even for a non-lawyer like myself. Can’t wait for more episodes.

Ruralfamilylawyer ,

Great podcast

Informative, topical, well put together. Like listening to the LSJ

Martopolis ,

Insightful. Confronting.

An excellent premier episode - so honest and relatable.

Can’t wait for the rest of the series - a must listen for professionals both inside and out of the legal industry.

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