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Navigating grief: one barrister’s perspective

This is my experience of grief. It may not be the same as yours. Grief of a partner, sibling or child I would suspect would look very different. I don’t propose to have the answers in the below, but hope that this blog will assist you and supporting others at the Bar who are dealing […]

Wellbeing at the Bar Chair’s Blog 2022: The Action Plan

 …we now have data to empirically measure the mental health of the Bar. It will come as no surprise to hear that the results were low in the happiness thermometer. Rewind to 3 years (that feels more like 10 years ago at the moment) in 2019 when the founder and Chair of this committee, Rachel […]

In praise of team sports

This is a blogpost in praise of team sports. In my case it has been hockey, but I am sure it would be the same with football or any other team sport or club activity. I used to play hockey at school and university, but stopped playing after that, about twenty years ago, with the […]

The M-Word

In days gone by our mothers and grandmothers may have mentioned it in hushed tones while men rolled their eyes. It’s been a long time coming but finally we are seeing more and more women openly talk about it. Yip the menopause actually, and more appropriately, the peri-menopause, because ladies that is where it starts. […]

Kindness and the Bar

Rolled out across the Bar and judiciary we might even get kindness to rule the world…   In the book ‘To Kill a Mocking Bird’, by Harper Lee, a neighbour tells the lawyer Atticus Finch’s children, “there are some men in this world who were born to do our unpleasant jobs for us. Your father’s […]

Pupillage: Are we being fair telling Bar students that they will eventually succeed?

Pupillage is hard-fought. This year’s competition for pupillage has been like no other. 3,301 aspiring barristers applied for 246 pupillages advertised through pupillage gateway (total number of pupillages overall was 435 in May 2021). Some sets of Chambers offered funding to publicly funded sets to enable them to offer pupillages that might not otherwise have […]

Spotlight on Stress: Signs, triggers and how to manage it

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week. Improving awareness in the context of mental health means a number of things, not least being better informed and equipped to manage what it is we and others sometimes feel, why, and how we can combat it. As life steadily returns to a semblance of what we can remember before […]

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 […]