Friday 3 April

Mental health challenges in the IP professions, and what YOU can do to address them

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Start: Friday 3 April 2020, 12:30 PM

End: Friday 3 April 2020, 01:30 PM

Event Overview

Beginning with a very personal story about the problems that stress can cause for a busy legal professional, Brian will talk about the importance of recognising and responding to the early signs of mental health problems.

This webinar is based on Brian’s work with the US legal profession, but will nevertheless be tackling issues that are common to all of us who operate in high-stress environments.  It will look particularly at:

  • The early warning signs of depression, stress and burnout as well as alcoholism and other addictions;
  • How to get appropriate help before things get out of hand;
  • What barriers prevent legal professionals from seeking the help they so desperately need;
  • The role of education in breaking the stigma and fear associated with addiction and mental illness in the legal professions; and
  • How best to approach a person you think is struggling.

These are topics that matter to all of us as individuals, to our colleagues and (for employers and managers) to the teams whose wellbeing we need to safeguard.

We will include information about the help available from LawCare for UK-based IP professionals.  The webinar will be chaired by LawCare Champion and IP Inclusive Lead Executive Officer Andrea Brewster OBE.



Brian Quinn, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers

Brian Quinn, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers

Mr. Brian Quinn obtained his undergraduate degree in 1970, his law degree in 1973 and a certificate in Drug and Alcohol counselling in 2012, from Villanova University, located in Villanova, Pennsylvania. Prior to attaining his position with Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, he was a private practitioner for nearly 40 years and has also worked in the field of Alcohol and Drug Counselling at Mirmont Treatment Center and The Malvern Institute in suburban Philadelphia.

Mr. Quinn is a past member of the Board of Directors of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of Pennsylvania and served as a peer volunteer for over six years prior to accepting his current role as the organization’s Education and Outreach Coordinator.

Mr. Quinn has authored articles on Lawyer Wellness and has lectured extensively on that topic for private law firms, Bar Associations, in -house corporate counsel, professional legal associations and providers of legal education to attorneys throughout the United States.

Andrea Brewster OBE, IP Inclusive

Andrea Brewster OBE, IP Inclusive

Andrea is a Chartered Patent Attorney and a former CIPA President. In the past she has served on the Institute’s governing Council and several of its committees.

Before her retirement she was a partner in a small regional IP practice, Greaves Brewster LLP, of which she had been a co-founder.

Andrea established IP Inclusive in 2015 to promote equality, diversity, inclusion (EDI) and wellbeing throughout the UK’s IP professions. Alongside many enthusiastic volunteers, she has developed the initiative into a well-connected and influential player in the IP sector. She became its first Lead Executive Officer in 2019.


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