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The Only Way is Ethics

As questions go, and lawyers have to deal with many of them, these seem innocuous enough. Personally I reply (most often) ‘fine’. Or ‘hanging in there’ if feeling fraught. Or ‘top form’ if, you know, I’m on top form. The question is just interesting enough to require a response, and bland enough not to require any form of deep soul-searching for an apt reply. Now, how about: ‘How is your mental health?’ Not a question that gets asked much (if at all). Much trickier. Could lead to minutes ticking by while you consider it and come up with an appropriate response. And what does this Socratic-type enquiry mean for your life anyway? Many of us don’t ask that question, don’t have time for it, can’

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