This case study may be useful if you are looking for examples of developing a wellbeing policy, developing resilience training schemes and/or promoting wellbeing initiatives.
4-5 Gray’s Inn Square seized the opportunity its merger with Arden chambers provided to create a new culture and ethos that included the promotion of wellbeing.
Chambers prides itself on fostering a welcoming, friendly and inclusive atmosphere, that allows staff, barristers and pupils to thrive in their working and personal lives.
What was the business (other case) for action?
Following the joining of Arden Chambers with 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square in October 2018, chambers wanted to prioritise the creation of a culture which would promote Wellbeing.
Chambers were needed to bring together 70 barristers from 2 sets, each with different cultures, leadership and management styles. To avoid silos, Chambers created a combined ethos of “putting people and client service first”.
Creation of a new website, structure and vision also provided a perfect opportunity to improve and develop wellbeing initiatives in Chambers.
What did the Chambers do?
Chambers has implemented a new wellbeing policy and a range of wellbeing initiatives this year. It has:
What were the results?
By encouraging an open and communicative environment, Chambers has been able to
“4-5 Gray’s Inn Square took a unique opportunity (its merger with Arden Chambers) to reset the dial and place wellbeing at the centre of the new chambers’ ethos. We particularly like the recognition of the benefits of monitoring and emphasis on building relationships across chambers through networking events.”
Wellbeing at the Bar Working Group
Chambers would particularly encourage others to facilitate:
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