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The healing power of nature

Lockdown 2020 – what a year. Who would have thought this time last year we would all be crossing our fingers to be able to enjoy a reasonable Christmas?  As I look back on the year and reflect, I do believe that despite everything there have been some positive things that have happened. My main […]

Lessons from Houdini

31 October marked the 94th anniversary of Harry Houdini’s death. Days before his death, he had a broken ankle, was running a fever and was suffering from acute appendicitis. Despite a doctor strongly advising that surgery was urgently required, he ignored the advice and performed what would turn out to be his last performance. He […]

Covid restrictions and remote working: how has it impacted clerks’ rooms?

The clerks’ room is often called the ‘engine room’ and ‘heart’ of chambers; its bustling atmosphere, a hive of activity and seemingly never a quiet moment.  Phones ringing and the discussions that ensue, clerks calling across the room to one another and barristers talking to their team – downloading the most recent outcome of a […]

“You are not a failure but a leader. By speaking up you will help the next person speak.”

When I joined the Wellbeing at the Bar [‘WATB’] committee in 2018, firstly I was very excited to be involved but shamefully my first query, was ‘Wellbeing? Is that for me or the client?’. Never did it occur to me that in fact yes, mental health is important to me too and not just my […]

Wellbeing during times of Corona: Nick Peacock

Crazy times, huh? I used to work from home a few years back but I’m out of the habit. My practice is half-civil and half-professional disciplinary. The civil paperwork can carry on, but I’ve had to go almost completely paperless, and far more quickly than I’d intended; conferences can be done by phone or – […]

Message from the Chair of Wellbeing at the Bar

I have thought a lot about what to say in this message, how to even begin to address the enormity of what has been happening. At the time of writing, two of my dear friends have lost their mothers. Neither of them was able to be there at the end.   In the context of […]

Suicide Prevention: what can I do?

Revised 6th May 2020 This blog talks about suicide. If you are affected by any of the material discussed, please use the contacts in the contacts page to discuss how you are feeling or contact a person you feel comfortable talking to. The Samaritans are always open and are always waiting for your call. You […]

A barrister’s guide to wellbeing at Christmas

We have looked more than ever this year at barristers’ well-being – how we can lead a healthy professional lifestyle. As we come to the end of the year, let’s give a thought as to how despite our often hectic days we can reduce the stress of those around us.  …so here are the Barrister’s […]