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Wellbeing at the Bar Report 2024

The Bar Council has published the Wellbeing at the Bar Report 2024. The data shows some improvements in wellbeing at the Bar. Dr Darren Van Laar at Portsmouth University produced the report, and it is based on data from 2023. The survey was distributed to the whole population of UK practising barristers. The key findings […]

Certificate of Recognition 2023

  Congratulations to all of the chambers, circuits and Inns of Court who have received a certificate through the relaunched Bar Council Wellbeing Certificate programme. Sam Mercer, Head of Equality at the Bar Council, said: “We are delighted to award the new Wellbeing Certificates in recognition for outstanding work to improve wellbeing at the Bar. […]

World Mental Health Day 2023

World Mental Health Day 2023  The Mindful Business Charter  Amongst litigators, one of the complaints I hear most often is that for all the fine words spoken about the importance of wellbeing, these are all too easily jettisoned when it comes to the crunch in contested proceedings: everyone has the best intentions, but they get […]

Prioritising Wellbeing at the Bar: Introducing the new Wellbeing at the Bar Leaders film 2023

Take a closer look at our recent video, featuring insights from Bar leaders about challenges, and avenues of support for Bar members and their professional peers. The Bar Council, and leaders across the Bar emphasise the significance of prioritising wellbeing. The film features Nick Vineall KC (Chair of the Bar Council), Michelle Heeley KC (Leader […]

It’s time to talk about periods

It’s time to talk about periods.   After years of experiencing painful and irregular periods, being caught short in the workplace is an experience I and many others are all too familiar with. This frustration very quickly turned into ambitions to eradicate this statistic,  to improve the availability of period products in the workplace and […]

New Wellbeing Certificate of Recognition Launch

Five years into the Wellbeing at the Bar programme, efforts to support barristers’ and employees’ wellbeing through the Pandemic and beyond have highlighted just how far we have come. The place of ‘Wellbeing’ in our work culture and our understanding of it has also changed. It is, rightly, no longer seen as a luxury but […]

IBC Podcast: Wellbeing at the Bar

The Institute of Barristers’ Clerks (IBC) are currently celebrating their 100 year centenary, as part of which they have recorded a series of podcasts covering the work done by their members.   The latest podcast has just been released which focuses on Wellbeing. Those being interviewed on the podcast are Rachel Spearing and Nick Hill. […]

Eradicating the flaws of previous generations and encouraging a healthy and trauma-informed practice

Teaching Bar students to become competent barristers is a huge responsibility. It goes far beyond the skills and knowledge subjects that all good Bar Providers deliver. At the ICCA, we set out to introduce competences that we hope will prepare students fully for what lies ahead. At the same time, we are ever mindful of […]

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