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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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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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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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The confidential 24/7 helpline with access to counselling for barristers, pupils, clerks and chambers’ staff.

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Case Studies

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.

"11KBW has taken a clear and considered approach to wellbeing with an evidence based strategy, clear governance arrangements and an impressive array of well thought out initiatives."

 

"11KBW has taken a clear and considered approach to wellbeing with an evidence based strategy, clear governance arrangements and an impressive array of well thought out initiatives."

 

Certificate of Recognition

Applications for the Certificates of Recognition operate on a quarterly basis. Applications are now open for the May-July 2020 period and will close 1 August 2020. 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.
“Over 65 chambers, specialist bar associations, Inns and Circuits have secured certificates, sharing their initiatives to promote resilience and wellbeing, and hopefully inspiring others. Do take the time to look at what they have done, and take action in your Chambers or encourage your employer to do more on wellbeing” Vicki Wilson, Chair, Wellbeing at the Bar