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.
In the first round, 29 certificates were awarded at the Annual Bar Conference 2017 for a wide range of activities. Whilst many chambers, SBAs and Inns have introduced new policies, governance arrangements and a wide range of initiatives, we also acknowledge others who are just starting out with something simple like a yoga or mindfulness class.
“We have been delighted by the response to the wellbeing certificate initiative and – judging by the applications – the efforts of so many across the Bar to promote resilience and wellbeing. Congratulations to all the recipients. We will be publishing case studies from our recipients on the Wellbeing at the Bar website over the next few weeks. Do take the time to look at them. The ideas, impact on chambers and tips from others at the Bar will provide both inspiration and rich pickings for anyone interested in setting something up in their own organisation.”
Rachel Spearing, Chair of Wellbeing at the Bar
Just to provide a flavour of the wide range of initiatives introduced across the Bar:
The intention is to make this a quarterly initiative. The last round of applications in 2018 is now closed.
Applications will be open again in 2019. 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, please download an application form here and submit it to SMercer@BarCouncil.org.uk.
Further information regarding the rules for entry can be found here.
|3 Pump Court Chambers||Invictus Chambers|
|4 New Square Chambers||Kings Chambers|
|4 Paper Buildings Chambers||Landmark Chambers|
|8 New Square Chambers||The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn|
|11 King’s Bench Walk Chambers||Littleton Chambers|
|23 Essex Street Chambers||Maitland Chambers|
|Criminal Bar Association||Matrix Chambers|
|Charter Chambers||The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple|
|Cloisters Chambers||Outer Temple Chambers|
|Chancery Bar Association||QEB Hollis Whiteman Chambers|
|Doughty Street Chambers||Quadrant Chambers|
|Exchange Chambers||Ropewalk Chambers|
|Goldsmith Chambers||Selborne Chambers|
|The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn||Serjeant’s Inn Chambers|
|Guildhall Chambers||St John’s Chambers|
|Henderson Chambers||St John’s Buildings Chambers|
|The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple||Western Circuit|
|Institute of Barristers’ Clerks|
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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