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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 […]

Wellbeing at the Bar blog: Cyrus Larizadeh QC & Victoria Wilson

WELLBEING AND BEING HIT BY A BUS ON THE WAY TO COURT by Cyrus Larizadeh QC and Victoria Wilson Cyrus Larizadeh QC of 4 PB: During my 24 year journey at the Bar, there have been times when I have felt very low and under extreme stress. So much so that on occasions it has […]

Wellbeing at the Bar blog: Rachel Crasnow QC

  In mid-May the Employment Law Bar Association (ELBA) held its first Well-being event. Entitled “Keeping each other sane: tips for leading a happy legal life” it was billed as being a humorous yet introspective look at how to reduce the stressful parts of everyday working at the employment bar. We devised a panel comprising […]

Wellbeing at the Bar blog: Nicholas Hill

On Thursday evening of last week the IBC held the first of its seminars on wellbeing. My own championing of wellbeing is well known and when I became Chair of the IBC in March 2016 I set continuing education of wellbeing as one of my key aims. It’s quite tricky sometimes to know what is […]

Wellbeing at the Bar blog: Grant Warnsby

As I turn on the PC, the memory of lazy Italian lunches by the Mediterranean quickly fade away. It is not just because it is 6:30am on a cold UK morning, but the sight of the blue-bracketed email counter next to the word “Inbox” is steadily climbing. It clicks quickly past the 300-mark. I take […]

Wellbeing at the Bar blog: Nina Caplin

As Louise McCulloch says in her update, Middle Temple – my own inn – has been fantastic at embracing the wellbeing initiative. In February I attended a ‘Survive and Thrive’ event, How to communicate effectively and sell yourself … without saying a word, chaired by Lord Judge. Richard Hytner (former Deputy Chairman of Saatchi & […]

Wellbeing at Middle Temple

Middle Temple has pushed Wellbeing at the Bar firmly to the top of the agenda. Coupled with the “Survive and Thrive” programme there have been lectures on: Managing Stress chaired by Anna Ford with James Pereira QC being one of the speakers Effective communication and Mindfulness chaired by the Lord Judge. The Inn’s Hall Committee […]

Inner Temple awarded Bronze by Mind

The Inner Temple has been awarded Bronze in mental health charity Mind’s inaugural Workplace Wellbeing Index, in respect to achievements made in creating change in the workplace. Congratulations to all involved!