Devon Chambers has always prided itself on being a sociable and friendly set, with barristers often enjoying lunches together and after work drinks. Of course, this became more difficult after March 2020 when fewer barristers were physically attending Chambers, so the commitment to staff and barristers’ wellbeing became paramount.
Given the Covid-19 pandemic and the reduction in face-to-face contact over many months, the wellbeing of busy barristers has been brought even more sharply into focus. The ability to interact reduced but the work and resultant stress did not. So, to ensure that it was not ‘out of sight, out of mind’, Devon Chambers began raising awareness of wellbeing within Chambers.
The importance of wellbeing of staff and barristers cannot be underestimated both physically and financially, especially given the unprecedented times experienced over the past two years.
Chambers did the following in order to promote wellbeing:
The results of the above initiatives and action have been palpable. Members of Chambers are more open to discussing their own wellbeing and checking in with others.
That said, this is just the beginning and Chambers is committed to reviewing its policies to ensure any necessary improvements can be made.
It is great to see the focus in Devon Chambers on keeping members connected, and their attentiveness to supporting barristers and Chambers staff.
Wellbeing at the Bar Working Group
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.
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.
A simple expression that sums up wellbeing is ‘travelling well’
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