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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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About us

We aim to tackle the stigma associated with mental health and encourage members of the profession, and those who support them to better understand and feel empowered to make healthy choices. Here is what our leaders have to say.

Wellbeing at the Bar aims to:

  • Provide barristers and chambers’ personnel with the information and skills they need in order to stay well
  • Support members of the profession through difficulties that affect a barrister’s professional life
  • Provide assistance to those responsible for or who are supporting those in difficulty or crisis

Rachel Spearing, co-founder of the Wellbeing at the Bar programme explains what we hope to achieve.

The information and resource packs on this website are designed to help you and your colleagues to work as a community for better wellbeing and professional resilience. If you want to provide feedback on these resources, or to get involved in promoting wellbeing please get in touch.

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It can be difficult to make a living from law and it can be pressurised and demanding. Competition and an adversarial approach to everything can make collegiate relationships difficult. This website aims to provide you with the knowledge to manage these stressors, make emotionally informed, wise professional decisions and thrive in your chosen profession.

A simple expression that sums up wellbeing is ‘travelling well’

1 in 3 barristers find it difficult to control or stop worrying

Contacts at the Bar

Individuals on the circuits and in the following organisations can provide information on what they are doing to support barrister and clerks’ wellbeing. Please contact them for information on events or to provide feedback about what more we can do to promote wellbeing at the Bar.

Circuit Contact
Northern Circuit Lorraine Cavanagh
North Eastern Circuit
Midland Circuit
South Eastern Circuit Nicola Shannon KC:
Western Circuit
Wales & Chester Circuit


Association Contact
The Bar Association for Commerce, Finance & Industry Shameem Purdasy:
Bar European Group Nina Caplin:
Chancery Bar Association Gary Blaker KC:
Council of the Inns of Court Lynda Gibbs KC:
Criminal Bar Association Gerwyn Wise:
The European Circuit Anneli Howard KC:
Administrative Law Bar Association
Court of Protection Bar Association
Family Law Bar Association Victoria Wilson:
Intellectual Property Bar Charlotte May KC:
London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association Oliver Caplin KC:
Legal Practice Management Association Mat Swallow:
Personal Injury Bar Association Sarah Lambert KC:
Planning and Environmental Bar Association Mark Beard:
Professional Negligence Bar Association
Employment Law Bar Association


Institute Contact
Institute of Barristers’ Clerks Lucy Burrows:


Bar Contact
Bar Council Sam Mercer: & Mariam Diaby:
Young Bar Anushka
Employed Bar


Inns of Court Contact
Inner David Miller:
Middle Laura Hacon:
Gray’s Stephen Innes:

Jasmine Mead:

Lincoln’s Linda Turnbull: