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Examples of successful wellbeing initiatives adopted by chambers, Specialist Bar Associations and the Inns of Court.

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My Life during Lockdown

Coronavirus has been with us since the beginning of the year. However, I personally did not feel the impact until 16 March 2020 when I was at Court. As 10am approached, the waiting areas filled up and social distancing was impossible. I started to feel anxious. A colleague confessed to “feeling paranoid”. My lay client […]

Suffering Tech-Fuzz? A Middle Temple Survive & Thrive – Covid-19 Wellbeing Special (June 2020)

The Survive and Thrive Programme was set up in 2016 to provide events for members of the Inn and cover topics which go beyond their practice at the Bar. We aim to give our members skills which will assist them both at the Bar and beyond. Our sessions have covered optimising memory, public speaking (out […]

Reflecting on a year of wellbeing (and social responsibility) – Chancery Bar Association (July 2020)

We have had a busy and productive year promoting members’ wellbeing, which is an increasingly important part of the Association’s work and has taken on an even greater role due to the pandemic. We continue to work closely with the Bar Council’s excellent Wellbeing Working Group. The recent work of the Wellbeing and Social Responsibility […]

Stressors at the Bar

The concept of “wellbeing” at the Bar has been floating around for quite some time now. As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, wellbeing has now been thrust directly and more sharply than ever into the legal spotlight. Many barristers are wondering just what the long-term impact of the national public health emergency will be […]

Recovering from a set-back in your career

Everyone joining or practising at the bar will have experienced setbacks in their career.  As a student applying through Gateway for pupillage, as an established practitioner applying for silk or judicial positions, or as any barrister managing the failure of their advice or judicial acceptance of their legal opinion. Failure isn’t something that high functioning […]

Mental Health and me (Mental Health Awareness Week 18 – 24 May 2020)

Mental Health Awareness Week 18 – 24 May 2020 I am aware of how much being aware of my mental health helps others around me. How it also helps me. It makes me kinder to myself and kinder to others. For example, it allows me to pause and think about how I ask my children […]

Covid-19 and Bereavement

As has been said on countless occasions, these are unprecedented times. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone in so many ways. One of those ways is through loved ones passing away, from the virus or other causes, coupled with the lack of opportunity to say goodbye in the way we’d hoped. Working alongside colleagues who […]

Wellbeing during times of Corona: Nick Peacock

Crazy times, huh? I used to work from home a few years back but I’m out of the habit. My practice is half-civil and half-professional disciplinary. The civil paperwork can carry on, but I’ve had to go almost completely paperless, and far more quickly than I’d intended; conferences can be done by phone or – […]