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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 […]

A barrister and a clerk in conversation about wellbeing …

This blog is partly a tribute to one of my clerks, Nancy, who has been a real champion of wellbeing in chambers. It also contains some musings from the two of us about how to have conversations in chambers about wellbeing. At the beginning of last year, I felt completely overwhelmed by events in in […]

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. […]

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