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4-5 Gray’s Inn Square

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:

  • Implemented a formal wellbeing policy;
  • Allocated informal mentors/points of contact for junior tenants under 5 years call;
  • Provided all members with a process to review, record and reflect on their continual professional development as required by the BSB. We believe we are the first Chambers to offer this for its members;
  • Implemented a wellbeing self-evaluation measure. Chambers has introduced a template since 1 October for CPD which includes a wellbeing measure where each barrister rates out of 10;
  • Supported training for Staff on dealing with stress, anxiety and depression in the workplace;
  • Members of staff are given 2 duvet days per year to use at their discretion on any occasion they would prefer to keep private;
  • Introduced a junior breakfast every week; and
  • Run a weekly chambers’ tea

What were the results?

By encouraging an open and communicative environment, Chambers has been able to

  • pro-actively identify and address factors that could have been a source of stress in the future
  • more easily establish what type of training and feedback was sought by staff, barristers and pupils alike, and tailor Chambers’ actions accordingly.
  • improve the wellbeing of Staff and members boosted the performance across Chambers.

“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

Tips

  • Appreciate that wellbeing is not a one-size-fits-all issue. Some events may work well for some people, but not for others. Work on arranging a variety of activities and events to ensure maximum participation and maximum benefit across Chambers.
  • Recognise the need continually monitor wellbeing activity (and be in it for the long term) to ensure it is effective and achieves results

Chambers would particularly encourage others to facilitate:

  • both formal and informal support networks at work, to help prevent wellbeing problems and increase the likelihood of problems being recognised by colleagues.
  • the exchange of ideas at all levels of seniority, to ensure all good ideas are heard.
  • opportunities for concerns to be aired in the safety of a confidential environment.

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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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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