Dear Paul Rawlinson, Global Chair of Baker McKenzie:

After knowing your temporary medical leave, I would like to tell you several things:

First of all, I wish you a speedy recovery. Your health must be your priority as of now. It is essential that you take a rest. You are the captain of this big law firm, and employees and clients need you to be okay. Above all, your family.

Secondly, I want to congratulate you on your bravery and humanity to make this history public. According to Baker Mckenzie’s official statement, which has been spread by different British and American legal media, exhaustion has been the cause of your temporary medical leave.

Considering that there is a substantial social stigma about mental health, the fact of recognizing your problem can help many lawyers not to be afraid of talking about mental health issues.

Thirdly, although you already have doctors who take care of you, I encourage you to follow LawCare’s activities. This non-profit organization, which is chaired by Mrs. Elizabeth Rimmer, provides many useful tools with British legal professionals who need help.

Lastly, if I were a CEO of a big company, I could assure that you would be my lawyer. You deserve my respect, loyalty, admiration, and trust.

Best regards,

Manel Atserias Luque

President of the “Instituto de Salud Mental de la Abogacía – Mental Health Institute of Legal Professions (ISMA-MHILP)