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Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to what is actually happening in our lives, becoming present through greater awareness of our thoughts, emotions and physical sensations. With increased awareness, it’s possible to take a step back and make wiser choices in how we respond to people and situations. Law firm Herbert Smith Freehills has long recognised the benefits of mindfulness (particularly in its leadership courses) and its application in the workplace, where it’s common to be exposed to an overload of information, interruptions and conflicting priorities. The firm has opted to develop a mindfulness program for staff.

The program consists of three components: online guided recordings, perfect for independent learners and those on the go; weekly guided sessions provided by the L&D team and targeting anyone in the firm who wishes to build their skills on an informal basis; and a formal program, which consists of weekly training sessions over a six-week duration, and 10 minutes of practice per day. The program, designed by the Potential Project, is evidence-based, highly practical and, most importantly, gets results. In short, it’s perfect for the stressful legal profession.