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Barristers inherently face very specific challenges on a daily basis. If you need some help click on support to find contact details and advice on seeking support.

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The professional lives of clerks and chambers’ staff include many potential stressors. If you don’t know how to broach an issue, want advice on your options.

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These resources have been designed specifically for those who have completed their BPTC and for pupils up to tenancy.

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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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Case studies

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

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Who to talk to, how to get help in coping with the pressures and demands of life at the Bar.

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Support for students and pupils

Who to talk to and how to get help for those who have completed their BPTC and for pupils up to tenancy.

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Recovering from a set-back in your career

Everyone joining or practising at the bar will have experienced setbacks in their career.  As a student applying through Gateway for pupillage, as an established practitioner applying for silk or judicial positions, or as any barrister managing the failure of their advice or judicial acceptance of their legal opinion. Failure isn’t something that high functioning […]

Mental Health and me (Mental Health Awareness Week 18 – 24 May 2020)

Mental Health Awareness Week 18 – 24 May 2020 I am aware of how much being aware of my mental health helps others around me. How it also helps me. It makes me kinder to myself and kinder to others. For example, it allows me to pause and think about how I ask my children […]

Covid-19 and Bereavement

As has been said on countless occasions, these are unprecedented times. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone in so many ways. One of those ways is through loved ones passing away, from the virus or other causes, coupled with the lack of opportunity to say goodbye in the way we’d hoped. Working alongside colleagues who […]

Wellbeing during times of Corona: Nick Peacock

Crazy times, huh? I used to work from home a few years back but I’m out of the habit. My practice is half-civil and half-professional disciplinary. The civil paperwork can carry on, but I’ve had to go almost completely paperless, and far more quickly than I’d intended; conferences can be done by phone or – […]

Message from the Chair of Wellbeing at the Bar

I have thought a lot about what to say in this message, how to even begin to address the enormity of what has been happening. At the time of writing, two of my dear friends have lost their mothers. Neither of them was able to be there at the end.   In the context of […]

Suicide Prevention: what can I do?

Revised 6th May 2020 This blog talks about suicide. If you are affected by any of the material discussed, please use the contacts in the contacts page to discuss how you are feeling or contact a person you feel comfortable talking to. The Samaritans are always open and are always waiting for your call. You […]

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 […]

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