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Josephine Davies on Working hours at the Bar

Recently, I caught up with a friend from university. In the 20 years since we met, he’s pursued a career as an academic scientist. I have become a commercial barrister. Over coffee, my friend was surprised that I was planning on doing a few hours work later that day (a Sunday). He asked when things […]

Tiredness and Water Jugs

If someone were to ask me to describe my perfect evening, I can think of no source of greater joy than sitting at home in my pyjamas doing nothing. There are times at the Bar when you feel a tiredness that is so bone-sapping that it permeates every fibre of your being. Yet somehow you […]

Boost your physical resilience

[Article by Health Assured] Stress isn’t a new problem. However, today it is office politics, traffic jams, overwork and late nights that cause levels to rise. Whereas cave dwellers burnt off stress through the physical activity involved in fight or flight; today we often can’t physically fight or run away from the things that cause […]

 Is the working environment of the Bar conducive to damaging our wellbeing?

 Is the working environment of the Bar conducive to damaging our wellbeing? Negative words and phrases can frequently be overheard in our courts and not just from the defendant about to be sent to prison for eight years. Barristers are also guilty of contributing their fair share of negativity to our working environments. The array […]

Charlotte May QC’s wellbeing journey

My wellbeing journey started back in 2014, when I was invited to join the Bar Wellbeing Committee as the IP Bar Association representative. I confess that, at the outset, I did not know much about wellbeing or why it was relevant to practice at the Bar. Shortly after I joined the Committee, and in an […]

Stress Management

[Article by Health Assured] According to a survey carried out by Forth, 85% of UK adults experience stress on a regular basis. April marks the return of Stress Awareness Month – the wellbeing campaign aimed at raising awareness of stress and promoting stress free living. What is stress? Stress is our body’s response to a […]

Don’t bother counting sheep: how to send a barrister to sleep

Many of us are used to getting less than the optimal amount of sleep, arising from late-night working or early starts to far-flung courts. It’s part of the job, isn’t it? Some people can work until 2am with relish. Some choose to start again at 5am. No one likes it. It doesn’t happen all the […]

Self injury awareness

[Article by Health Assured] Self-Injury Awareness Day is a global event held on 1st March every year – the aim is to reach out to those who self-injury, and educate others. Awareness will lead to understanding and empathy for those who self-injure, as well as reducing the number of those feeling alone and suffering in silence. […]