A legal career can involve periods of crushing overload, fear of lack of knowledge or experience, especially early on, and a need for more support than may be available from your firm. I have been a supervisee as well as supervisor. I have seen how supervision plays an incredibly helpful role in a very short space of time in calming troubled waters; whether that be difficult work colleagues, or difficult firm structures and processes, difficult clients, or even one’s own frailties.
There are many demands on a family lawyer which, despite the fascinating aspects of our work, can be overwhelming. Supervision, almost magically, provides a quiet space to “right-size” everything, think about our own careers, think about the way clients are treating us or impacting on us, we can take a more long-term perspective and just have time to reflect and be heard. We can access a second opinion and oodles of wisdom and experience from a supervisor.
Things slow down, become manageable and much more pleasurable and rewarding with supervision.
I believe it makes us both happier and much better family lawyers and produces better outcomes for the clients as well as the lawyers! It is truly win / win.