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Find out what Wellbeing at the Bar aims to achieve.

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Guidance on how to introduce wellbeing policies and initiatives and on tackling a wellbeing issue in chambers.

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Examples of successful wellbeing initiatives adopted by chambers, Specialist Bar Associations and the Inns of Court.

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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. […]

Amanda Hardy QC on Chancery Bar Association’s year of wellbeing

We have had a busy and productive year promoting members’ wellbeing, which is an increasingly important part of the Association’s work. We continue to work closely with the Bar Council’s excellent Wellbeing at the Bar Working Group. In addition, we have held regular events, including a recent seminar on 17th October 2018, chaired by Nigel […]

Addictions at the Bar – when a dry January is not enough

I am a barrister.  I am also a recovering alcoholic. For the first few years at the Bar my behaviour around drinking did not seem that different from many of my peers. There was the odd night of when I embarrassed myself through drunken behaviour or failed to make it into chambers the next day. […]

Wellbeing from a TECBAR perspective as told by Riaz Hussain QC 

TECBAR, the Specialist Bar Association for employed or self-employed barristers who practise in the Technology and Construction Court, was founded in 1983 and now has 400 members. A TECBAR or construction related practice is intellectually and mentally challenging. A long building project will engender thousands of records; each of which may be the key to […]

Signs of eating disorders and what to look out for

[Article by Health Assured] Guide to Eating Disorders Very few people have a completely non-emotional relationship with food. For many, food is linked to feelings of comfort, reward, control or guilt. When stressful or emotional events occur in life it is common for eating habits to change. However, for some individuals an eating disorder can […]

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 […]