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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 […]

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 […]