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A barrister’s guide to wellbeing at Christmas

We have looked more than ever this year at barristers’ well-being – how we can lead a healthy professional lifestyle. As we come to the end of the year, let’s give a thought as to how despite our often hectic days we can reduce the stress of those around us.  …so here are the Barrister’s […]

Believe in Dog?

We can very easily find ourselves living in a cage. Literally if our lifestyle traps us for hours inside or metaphorically if we contain our minds, ambitions, sense of worth. Other people can contain us in such ways too, but they can also set us free. I frequently drove past an animal shelter when visiting my […]

How Mindfulness Can Help You Manage Conflict in the Workplace

Conflict in the workplace is on the rise and the Bar is no exception. With diaries to manage, difficult colleagues to navigate and competition as fierce as ever, stress levels within the profession remains high. So what can be done to de-escalate conflict and reduce stress? An increasing number of chambers are looking to mindfulness […]

Bar students and pupils – are they snowflakes?

Let’s just take a minute to think about Greta Thunberg. She is the 16-year-old Swede who posted a picture of herself sitting outside Sweden’s parliament building, with a handmade cardboard sign which read, “Skolstrejk för klimatet”. As a result of her dogged determination, there was a climate strike of global proportions on Friday 20th September. […]

Starting small: taking little Wellbeing steps

Addressing “Wellbeing at the Bar” has become a widely known and talked about concept. Largely in response to the work that The Bar Council has undertaken (not least of all the construction of a Wellbeing website), our chambers decided that a wellbeing “policy” was required. But how do we codify wellbeing? Or a commitment to […]

The Times They Are a-Changin’?

Real talk. It jolted me when one of my children asked, “What is most important; sleep, work or playtime?” I had to ask myself whether this was a hint that I was neglecting those close to me? That I had succumbed to the insidious grasp of the demands of life at the Bar? Those pressures […]

(Re) Finding My Voice (and Relearning how to Communicate)

What would be your deepest fear? Of being alone? Of not being loved? Lack of recognition? This year something happened to me that gave me insight into my worst fear – not being able to communicate. After feeling unwell for a while last year I had a blood test that showed that one of the […]

Wellbeing and the Family Justice System by Sir Andrew McFarlane (President of the Family Division)

This weekend I have read two Tweets, each describing what their respective writers, both senior members of the Family Bar, consider to be oppressive and unreasonable judicial behaviour. It is very much a sign of the times (a) that such incidents are occurring and causing sufficient exasperation to lead to publication on Twitter and (b) […]