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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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Case Studies

Over the last five years over 60 Chambers and bar-based stakeholders have shared their wellbeing experience to give others inspiration, ideas, tips of what to do and what not to do. We have recently relaunched the programme and are now updating our case studies to reflect recent activity. This will be available here in due course.

*New Certificate of Recognition

The Bar Council has revamped its Certificate of Recognition programme. These Certificates acknowledge the huge effort across the profession to support the wellbeing of barristers, clerks and chambers' staff.

Applications for the Certificates of Recognition will be considered in April and October (twice per year). All applications received between 1 October and 31 March will be considered in the April round. Applications received between 1 April and 30 September will be considered in the October round. Any applications will be processed within a 4-week period of the deadlines (30 September and 31 March). Any certificates issued before September 2022 will no longer be valid from 01 April 2023.

  • Guidance on making an application for the new Certificate programme can be found here.
  • Reapplication forms for those with an old Certificate are here
  • Application forms for those who wish to apply for the first time are here. 
  • Further guidance for SBAs, Circuits and Inns here

If you have any questions, please email


A healthy and diverse Bar leads to better outcomes for our clients and increased public confidence. We are re-launching the scheme to mark progress as well as to meet new challenges. My hope is that more Chambers than ever will choose to apply for the new Certificates, showcasing the many creative wellbeing initiatives already in place and affirming our commitment as a profession to creating a culture in which all can thrive.

Nicola Shannon

Chair Wellbeing at the Bar Working Group (2023)