My Story

When I launched Thrive Law in 2018, I wanted to set up a law firm with a unique brand and identity that best reflected the change I wanted to effect: a bigger and better focus on mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. I wanted mental health to have parity with physical health and to have a place much higher in business agendas.

This was because in January 2017, I suffered a mental breakdown. For most of my life, I have experienced anxiety, panic attacks and PTSD. I have managed to cope through a combination of therapies and medication.

But in 2017, while working full-time as a solicitor, I started to experience a serious decline in my mental health. This decline was the result of a build-up and combination of life events, work issues and a feeling of being completely overwhelmed, unworthy and unable to cope.

As a result, I had to take a significant amount off work on sick leave. I needed to be off work to recover but, conversely, it made me feel awful; I was filled with guilt and shame—it was the first time I had been ‘off sick’ long-term.

Worse still, all I could think about was getting back to work. I was deeply unwell, so much so I could not leave the house at times; I was incredibly emotional, breaking into tears at the smallest thing; I experienced panic attacks daily; I couldn’t sleep; and I even lost my motivation to exercise and socialise. The hardest part was I felt like I couldn’t be a lawyer anymore and that I wasn’t worthy of being in the legal profession. My brain had fully taken over and thoughts of hopelessness and despair were common.

So, this is why I set up Thrive and I am so passionate about mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. I wanted to create a place where I could be psychologically safe and where I could thrive in the hope that other lawyers would share the same values and I could grow my team.