Exclusive: Allen & Overy associate hospitalised with exhaustion
01 December 2017
An Allen & Overy
associate has been hospitalised with exhaustion due to overwork.
Sources told RollOnFriday that junior lawyers in the firm's Dubai office have regularly been working 18-20 hour days, seven days a week. One insider said a partner's "refusal to hire adequate resources
" was responsible, and revealed that an associate had been taken to hospital suffering from exhaustion and stress.
"I came as soon as I heard. It's terrible. Wake her up, she hasn't answered my emails."
According to an insider, staff have no protection under the local labour laws so HR are unable to act. An Allen & Overy spokeswoman told RollOnFriday, "we have ensured that this individual has been looked after and is recovering. We take the wellbeing of our people very seriously, including monitoring the impact of workloads
It is not the first time. Back in 2011, an associate at the London office was taken to hospital after collapsing during a deal.
But A&O is surely not alone in pushing its lawyers to the max and then to A&E. If you've got an example, write in