15 Winckley Square, Preston, is conscious of the importance of promoting wellbeing (physical and mental) for everyone involved in Chambers.
Recognising members and staff all work under pressure and some of the subject matter at the Bar can be distressing. 15wsq took the circumstances caused by Covid as an opportunity to look again at their approach to wellbeing.
15wsq wanted their wellbeing policy and overall strategy to:
Some initial scepticism from some members of Chambers. After all, the profession puts high value on a “can – do” attitude! However, the specific and general results have been encouraging over time. Chambers has no doubt that wellbeing is taken more seriously in general by barristers and staff. For example, by reducing the stigma associated with mental health vulnerabilities.
‘15wsq’s therapy dog is undoubtedly the star of their wellbeing initiatives, but behind the fur is a considered and caring approach to members and staff and a genuine commitment to tackling stigma and providing support where required’.
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’
Psychological wellbeing within the profession is rarely spoken about