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It’s in the little things

When it comes to asking for help we forget how happy we would be to give that help to someone else, but struggle asking for or accepting it ourselves…   As a fulltime working single mom to 3 teenagers and depression sufferer I have over the years NOT been ok. At some points I have […]

Wellbeing and stress management, perspective from an Employed Barrister

With over 100 barristers registered to virtually attend the Bar Council’s wellbeing event on 24 February 2021, vice chair Rebecca Dix  shared some tips on how to maintain a healthy way of life and work space. Rebecca joined the panel, hosted by the Chair, Theo Huckle QC, and leaders in their fields of Crime, Family […]

What worked for me

I wasn’t at breaking point but I think I realised that I didn’t want to get to that point before doing something about it…   In 2014, after a succession of many years working flat out at the Bar and, before that, as a solicitor, and, before that, doing two degrees at three different universities […]

Wellbeing at the Bar Blog: Theo Huckle QC

In the bleak midwinter of Covid… but the Chair is looking forward to Spring and beyond! When I last drafted a blog for our website, it was October 2018 and I was in South Africa, waxing somewhat lyrical about the Wellbeing benefits of watching giraffes feeding in the Kruger National Park.  I am pleased to […]

The Dungaree Equilibrium

Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life – Dolly Parton This blog post promotes ‘balance’ and recounts how COVID-19 and a humble pair of dungarees helped in my efforts to achieve it.    For many at the Bar, finding balance between making a living and living can be […]

The healing power of nature

Lockdown 2020 – what a year. Who would have thought this time last year we would all be crossing our fingers to be able to enjoy a reasonable Christmas?  As I look back on the year and reflect, I do believe that despite everything there have been some positive things that have happened. My main […]

Lessons from Houdini

31 October marked the 94th anniversary of Harry Houdini’s death. Days before his death, he had a broken ankle, was running a fever and was suffering from acute appendicitis. Despite a doctor strongly advising that surgery was urgently required, he ignored the advice and performed what would turn out to be his last performance. He […]

Covid restrictions and remote working: how has it impacted clerks’ rooms?

The clerks’ room is often called the ‘engine room’ and ‘heart’ of chambers; its bustling atmosphere, a hive of activity and seemingly never a quiet moment.  Phones ringing and the discussions that ensue, clerks calling across the room to one another and barristers talking to their team – downloading the most recent outcome of a […]