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Calm at the Centre

Calm at the Centre

With Bar wellbeing firmly centre stage, Mark Hatcher meets the preachers of the Inns to examine what they can offer to barristers – of all faiths and none.

‘The Bar can sometimes feel a lonely place’, says Rachel Spearing, a criminal practitioner who has played a leading role in the Wellbeing at the Bar initiative. She thinks that with more people working from home, the self-employed Bar is in danger of becoming more lonely (and potentially isolated), at the same time as chambers are consolidating and getting larger and becoming less collegiate. ‘People are not looking out for each other in the way that they used to’, Spearing believes.

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