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Help for barristers

Barristers inherently face very specific challenges on a daily basis. If you need some help click on support to find contact details and advice on seeking support.

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Help for clerks and staff

The professional lives of clerks and chambers’ staff include many potential stressors. If you don’t know how to broach an issue, want advice on your options.

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Help for students and pupils

These resources have been designed specifically for those who have completed their BPTC and for pupils up to tenancy.

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Our vision

Find out what Wellbeing at the Bar aims to achieve.

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Policy & practice

Guidance on how to introduce wellbeing policies and initiatives and on tackling a wellbeing issue in chambers.

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Media pack

Logos and banners to help you to promote wellbeing.

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Case studies

Examples of successful wellbeing initiatives adopted by chambers, Specialist Bar Associations and the Inns of Court.

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Support for barristers

Who to talk to, how to get help in coping with the pressures and demands of life at the Bar.

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Support for clerks and staff

Who to talk to and how to get help, resources are for clerks and staff themselves.

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Support for students and pupils

Who to talk to and how to get help for those who have completed their BPTC and for pupils up to tenancy.

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Assistance programme

The confidential 24/7 helpline with access to counselling for barristers, pupils, clerks and chambers’ staff.

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Mental Health & Wellbeing at the Bar

Psychological wellbeing within the profession is rarely spoken about. The Bar Council are seeking to address and support the challenges facing the profession.

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If you are in need of help please choose from the following:

Advice for chambers on precautions for Covid-19

Be aware of the potential for mental ill health in themselves and others caused by COVID-19 and avenues of support, including the Assistance Programme (‘AP’) which provides a confidential telephone support and counselling service, as well as a wide
range of wellbeing fact sheets, videos, self-help programmes, interactive tools and educational resources.

There are other wellbeing resources available here.

If you are required to self-isolate, please do look after your physical and mental wellbeing. Self-isolation or remote working can feel lonely, so keep in touch with people virtually. The NHS provides different ways to look after yourself during this time. The charity Mind has some good advice. 


Assistance Programme

Did you know?

The Employee Assistance Programme is a true confidential and compassionate 24/7 service helping more than 9.5 million people overcome physical, mental, social and financial challenges.

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Certificate of Recognition

The Bar Council has introduced a Certificate of Recognition as a means of acknowledging the huge efforts made across the profession to support the wellbeing of barristers, clerks and chambers’ staff.

If your organisation can demonstrate a commitment to wellbeing through a policy, programme or initiative, and would like to apply for a Certificate of Recognition, you can find further information here.


The Bar Council monthly wellbeing update

Welcome to our wellbeing update from the Bar Council’s Wellbeing at the Bar team. Each month we will share links to online wellbeing resources, and provide information on significant dates coming up and details of events you might be interested in.

If you would like know more, please email

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