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Efe Avan-Nomayo talks about the benefits of RED (Running Every Day) January

Running on Empty It’s January and the office is returning to normal services after a period of Christmas fever. The cheesy decorations have come down, and the special Christmas jumper goes back into storage for another year. Personally, Christmas is a period that I normally dread. Putting aside the shorter days and colder nights, it’s […]

Wellbeing at the Bar: Our New Chair 2019

Plans for Wellbeing at the Bar in 2019 In 2019 I am chairing the Bar Council’s Wellbeing at the Bar (‘WATB’) Working Group. It would be impossible to start my time as chair in any way other than by paying tribute to the outgoing chair, and indeed our only chair to date, Rachel Spearing. Rachel […]

Wellbeing at the Bar: Reflections from the outgoing Chair

I am writing my final blog as chair of the working group in the last days of December, juggling festive planning in between deadlines and preparation of new trials for 2019, amid this panic and chaos I stop to write this blog! Pausing to take a breath and reflecting, prioritising the wellbeing blog deadline amongst […]

Wellbeing at the Bar: A clerk’s perspective (Arron Snipe)

Wellbeing at the Bar: A clerk’s perspective (Arron Snipe) When I was asked to write a blog on wellbeing from a clerking perspective for Wellbeing at the Bar (‘WATB’), my first thought was what on earth would I write about? With this being my first ever blog, I questioned whether I could share my personal […]

Learning to support yourself and others (Nina Caplin)

Learning to support yourself and others Since the inception of the Wellbeing at the Bar initiative in 2015, I have been greatly impressed at how quickly the issue of wellbeing has been embraced by the profession and those who work with barristers. In 2015 the Bar Council’s wellbeing survey indicated that 2 out of 3 […]

Giraffes and hyenas… A personal perspective (Theo Huckle QC)

Giraffes and hyenas… A personal perspective Don’t get me wrong. I am no David Attenborough. But when you’re invited to the Kruger Park in South Africa, it’s a bit hard to turn down. So, there I was a couple of weeks ago, driving from Johannesburg for 6 hours to get to the Phalaborwa Gate and […]

SRA v Sovani James: some reasons for optimism (Stephen Innes)

What the Divisional Court’s decision in SRA v Sovani James tells us about wellbeing for lawyers: some reasons for optimism This week the Administrative Court handed down judgment in three appeals by the Solicitors Regulation Authority:  SRA v Sovani James, SRA v Esteddar MacGregor, SRA v Peter Naylor [2018] EWHC 3058 (Admin). Reactions to the […]

Wellbeing at Middle Temple

Middle Temple is fully committed to the “Wellbeing at the Bar” programme and following on from our successful Wellbeing Event in partnership with the South Eastern Circuit in July, as mentioned by Valerie Charbit in the August blog,  the Inn continues  to develop its Wellbeing programme with a number of new initiatives for the Michaelmas […]