IP Inclusive is the collective initiative of the intellectual property (IP) professions to encourage diversity and inclusion.
We provide support for members of the trade mark profession and their families during times of financial hardship via our Benevolent Fund.
LawCare is the charity that promotes and supports good mental health and wellbeing across the legal community in the UK and Ireland.
Jonathan’s Voice aims to improve mental health throughout the IP professions.
All employers have the ability to work towards creating mentally healthy workplaces.
Being a paralegal can be high-pressure and high-stakes – managing that pressure is key for a healthy approach to the role.
How to safeguard your mental wellbeing at work.
Jonathan’s Voice has published a new guide to supporting mental wellbeing at work for paralegals and business support staff in the IP profession.
When building an equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) strategy, it’s important to make sure you are being far sighted and ambitious, while remaining realistic.
For people who have left situations involving domestic abuse, support in and outside of the workplace is an invaluable tool.
“I can’t believe how reassuring it is to know that we’re not alone in the way we feel.”: The power of communication for anxiety.
Networking can seem a daunting prospect, especially at the start of your career. However, going in with some clear goals in mind can lend some much needed confidence.
Katie Goulding, Senior Associate and Chartered Trade Mark Attorney at CMS, now mum of two, shares her experience of IVF treatment in the hope of reducing the number of women going through IVF without workplace support.
To safeguard its future as a desirable career path, leading mental health experts in our sector say that we need to change the way we view stress to tackle high levels of mental health problems.
LawCare has identified that only 35% of their requests for support come from men.
IP Inclusive and Jonathan’s Voice have found that many in the IP industry are unwilling to discuss their mental health, but see negative effects from stress.
IP Inclusive and Jonathan’s Voice invite us to an open conversation around suicide prevention and mental health in the IP industry.
Al Skilton explains why even the smallest acknowledgement can make a difference to a non-binary person
What do Business Development (BD), fitness, and recovery from a shoulder injury have in common? Business development coach Nicky Denegri explores the similarities.
While many professional and personal difficulties may feel isolating, an anonymous LawCare volunteer has found that few challenges are unique – and a problem shared is a problem halved.
For Kathy Wright, Chartered Trade Mark Attorney since 2014, overcoming the challenges of single parenthood was key to allowing her career to thrive.
When it comes to caring for mental health in IP firms, success starts at the top. We asked some senior leaders how they’re stepping up.
Charlotte Duly reflects on her progress as a woman in IP.
As LGBT+ access to family-building expands, it is more important than ever for employers to be aware and supportive of non traditional family formations.
Rob Davey explores the changing face of LGBT+ inclusion in the world of IP law.
Michelle Ward reflects on the response she received when setting up her own practice
Many of the UK’s legal professionals regularly carry out caring duties. But who’s looking after them?
What difference can an open environment make for supporting people with disabilities in the IP legal profession? Our panel shared their thoughts.
Beverley Robinson reports that when it comes to training during the time of COVID-19, there’s no ready-made formula.
“Disability is one part of my story, but it’s not the only part”: Becky Campbell offers full disclosure about her own hidden disabilities.
Invisible disabilities and conditions affect people in every sphere of life – including the IP sector. We reveal what the industry can do to help.
A new network supporting those in non-traditional families with practical advice and the opportunity to share experiences has been launched by IP Inclusive.
LawCare’s chair expresses hope for ‘meaningful, long-lasting change’ in approach to mental health and wellbeing following study into mental health in the legal profession.
“If you are interested in the judiciary in any capacity, becoming an Appointed Person is a uniquely good first step.”
A range of communities can help address life’s complexity, explains Andrea Brewster.
Five proven and practical ideas for increasing diversity in your firm.
A safety net for you, your family and your colleagues, our Benevolent Fund has supported people in our profession financially when they most needed it.
“The task for everyone, straight or not, is to make sure that the culture of the firm is as welcoming, inclusive and warm as possible so people feel able to say something about themselves.”
Supporting mental health in the workplace is a duty and responsibility for employers, yet many organisations find it difficult to know where to start.
How can senior leaders in IP implement strategies that create a healthy workplace for colleagues? A new guide from mental health charity Jonathan’s Voice shares some best practice.
Challenging obstacles to career progression for women, our International Women’s Day panel challenged and laid out some ideas for things that need to change in the IP sector.
“Don’t feel guilty about taking time off. It is the responsible thing to do.” We take a look at how to remedy some of the situations that can make it hard for us to switch off from work.
There’s an easy to way to learn where your organisation stands on diversity, explains Andrea Brewster.
LawCare provided emotional support to some 1,000 legal professionals in the past year, with anxiety accounting for a rise in calls to the support service.
Practical strategies to help you manage and protect your mental health and promote positive wellbeing in yourself and those around you.
Colin Bailey challenges us all to engage with the subject of culture and belief in the workplace
Understand how to recognise the signs of poor mental health and be confident enough to address it by reading the latest guide by mental health charity Jonathan’s Voice.
What changes can you make to improve the way you feel at work and why you’re not alone when you feel drained after a day of Zoom, Skype or Teams.
We investigate how you can bring more meaning and motivation to your day-to-day work.
A recent boost to social mobility in IP may have come from an unexpected quarter.
Let’s find ways to turn it to our advantage, says Andrea Brewster.
Everyone must be a proactive ally if we are to put an end to racism, writes Hannah Burrows.
Elizabeth Rimmer outlines the value of emotional support service.
Mandy Laurie offers some observations on supporting employees through this natural (but not yet normalised) process
The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the vital role of first responders in safeguarding our society, but don’t ignore their importance in your organisation too.
Support for diversity and inclusion or simply opportunistic “rainbow-washing”? What does the adoption of the rainbow mean for the credibility of an iconic symbol?
Andrea Brewster needs your help to increase diversity in our profession.
The Benevolent Fund is here to support members facing financial hardship.
Jim Pearson would like everyone in the IP profession to enjoy dignity in the workplace.
Chris Clarke shares how you can support people on the autism spectrum.
Working from home is now commonplace - how can you stop yourself from being isolated and stay productive? Legal charity LawCare has put together some tips to help you.
Mark Bearfoot provides a personal perspective on the importance of an open environment in the legal profession.
Legal mental health charity LawCare launched an advocacy scheme ‘LawCare Champions’ to coincide with World Mental Health Day.
Taking a little more time to understand both ourselves and the people we work with, and being more accepting of what we find and who we are, is a great way of improving everyone’s mental wellbeing.
Suicide remains something of a taboo, especially in professional circles. LawCare is encouraging a more open culture in the law where people talk about their feelings and ask for help.
IP Inclusive has published a new survey, which demonstrates that more needs to be done on mental wellbeing in the IP legal professions.
“No one is immune and most of us cannot cope alone.” How can we maintain positive mental health? LawCare’s Ann Charlton shared her insight and tips.