9 St John Street recognises the importance of providing a positive and supportive working environment for barristers and staff.
Chambers is a busy environment, and this can have an adverse effect on staff and members mental health.
9 St John Street took action, having become increasingly conscious of the need to promote wellbeing within chambers.
9 St John’s Street established a Wellbeing Committee. The Committee consists of members of staff and barristers of different levels of seniority and legal specialities. The diversity of the group enhances the Committee’s ability to empathise with different stresses faced by members of staff and members of chambers. Members of the Committee have familiarised themselves with the material on the Bar Council’s wellbeing website so they could act as wellbeing leaders and provide support to others in chambers in confidence.
Chambers devised a Wellbeing Policy using the Bar Council guidance. Chambers circulated the Policy to all members of staff and chambers.
Chambers sends regular reminders on the Wellbeing Policy to everyone, and of the support available via the Wellbeing Committee.
In addition, chambers has:
The steps taken by chambers has started a dialogue on wellbeing and highlighted the need to create and maintain a supportive workplace.
The acknowledgement that individuals should prioritise a work/life balance has been welcomed and activity has created a more collegiate atmosphere.
“We are delighted to award 9 St John’s Street their Certificate of Recognition for wellbeing. In addition to having got the basics in place – their committee, a policy and support for those who need help – it is great to see the steps taken to keep members and staff in touch during the current pandemic”
Wellbeing at the Bar Working Group
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