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Wellbeing at the Bar blog: Valerie Charbit

During my term as Recorder of the South Eastern Circuit, I enjoyed the privilege of assisting two inspirational leaders, each so supportive of the Bar and the profession. To succeed at the Bar requires drive and determination. It also requires sleep. Matthew Walker[1] a sleep scientist says that “sleep could save your life” and that […]

Introducing new case studies: Grant Warnsby

As we sat down on a cold, damp Monday afternoon in October it became evident those Monday afternoon blues would be blown away. We were there to review submissions made by chambers, Inns, organisations and Specialist Bar Associations as part of the profession-wide Certificate of Recognition for Wellbeing at the Bar. Far too often these […]

Introducing student wellbeing resources

Introducing student wellbeing resources As a student or pupil, you face challenges both in your work and personal life outside work or studying. Many of you will be young adults in ‘role transition’. In your personal life, you may be forming or indeed breaking relationships, moving to a new house, starting a family etc. and […]

Wellbeing at the Bar blog: Helen Randall

Court Sitting Hours It must surely be obvious to anyone who takes a second to think about it that a barrister’s working day extends far further than the time they spend in a court room. Every case needs to be read in detail and carefully prepared. Trial strategies need to be planned, speeches written, applications […]

Wellbeing at the Bar blog: Nicholas Peacock

Every September, the PNBA holds a Clinical Negligence weekend conference for its members. We alternate between Oxford and Cambridge and usually have 90-100 members coming along for lectures over a couple of days, with a couple of dinners. Speakers are drawn from the medical and legal worlds. It’s a chance to learn from some people […]

Wellbeing at the Bar blog: Pushpinder Saini QC

20 years can change your life or how the internet revolution has upset my physical and mental wellbeing July 1997. A pleasant breakfast and say goodbye to my baby daughter. Catch the Central Line for the short trip from Lancaster Gate to Chancery Lane. Read a bit of novel (probably The God of Small Things) […]

Wellbeing at the Bar blog: Lynda Gibbs

The nature of the work at the Bar places heavy demands on time and patience and requires significant industry. The Bar is unique in that the working day starts early and ends late; there are few 9-5 days. Written advocacy must be crafted outside court hours and the careful thought processes that take place when […]

Wellbeing at the Bar blog: Calum Lamont

TECBAR runs an Occasional Mentoring Scheme for its members, pursuant to which junior lawyers are able to approach more senior members for guidance, help and support during the early years of practice. This reflects the position in many sets of chambers whose members are also members of TECBAR. Recently, a junior member of the construction […]