*Updated June 2020
Wellbeing at the Bar (WATB) aims to:
To encourage Chambers, as well as organisations that employ Barristers, to share good practice and ideas for wellbeing initiatives, the Bar Council is offering a Certificate of Recognition to Chambers and organisations who develop wellbeing initiatives, policies and programs for barristers. It is hoped this Certificate will assist Chambers and organisations in demonstrating their commitment to barrister and staff wellbeing.
To get a Certificate of Recognition, you must have a wellbeing policy in place.
Your policy, practice or initiative will be considered by the Chair and two other nominated members of the Wellbeing at the Bar Working Group which is made up of representatives of Bar Council, the Inns of Court, the Circuits and Specialist Bar Associations.
The certificate of recognition represents a profession-wide appreciation for the work of Chambers and employers and/or specific individuals within Chambers or organisations in:
If you have any questions about whether a policy, practice or initiative might be eligible, please call Sam Mercer 0207 611 1320 or email email@example.com.
Applications for a Certificate of Recognition can be submitted by email to SMercer@BarCouncil.org.uk.
Certificates are assessed on a quarterly rolling basis. If you submit your application, it will be assessed as soon as possible after the deadline for that quarter. Deadlines will be indicated on the Certificate of Wellbeing information page on the Wellbeing at the Bar website
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.
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.
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