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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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Our vision

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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Wellbeing news and events

Here you can find current news and events related to wellbeing in the profession.

Please get in touch if you would like to submit an article to be published or information about an event.

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Mental Health Training by Wellness for Law

A Mental Health Training course specifically designed for barristers and chambers by our partners at Wellness for Law, delivered online in small groups of 8-10 by an experienced psychological health trainer. The next training sessions will be delivered online via zoom, 5-7pm, on the following dates: Wednesday 17 July 2024  Wednesday 9 October 2024  Aims of […]

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Certificate of Recognition May 2024

    We are pleased to announce that the following chambers have recently been awarded a Wellbeing Certificate of Recognition: 1 Crown Office Row Chambers, Brighton 2 Hare Court 3 Verulam Buildings 4PB Devon Chambers One Essex Court Park Square Barristers Pump Court Tax Chambers Serjeants’ Inn Chambers Temple Garden Chambers The Barrister Group Wilberforce […]

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Wellbeing Key Dates and Events 2024

Please see below upcoming wellbeing related events. If you would like to share details of a useful event, please email us. 14 May – LawCare : Moving with awareness workshop 15 May – Midland Circuit : Vicarious Trauma Event 16 May – Wales and Chester Circuit Women’s Forum:  “Dealing with Challenges and Maintaining Wellbeing at the […]

Upcoming Events

Wales and Chester Women’s Forum hybrid wellbeing event 

Join the discussion on ‘Dealing with Challenges and Maintaining Wellbeing at the Bar’ on 16th May at 5pm. To confirm your place and for further information please contact Phoebe Green – pgreen@cathedralchambers.co.uk

Mental Health Training by Wellness for Law 

A Mental Health Training course specifically designed for barristers and chambers by our partners at Wellness for Law, delivered online in small groups of 8-10 by an experienced psychological health trainer.

The next training sessions will be delivered online via zoom, 5-7pm, on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 17 July 2024 
  • Wednesday 9 October 2024 

Please book by contacting Wellness for Law – alex@wellnessforlawuk.org

The information and resource packs on this website are designed to help you and your colleagues to work as a community for better wellbeing and professional resilience. If you want to provide feedback on these resources, or to get involved in promoting wellbeing please get in touch.


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It is the Wellbeing at the Bar (WATB) Programme’s Policy that we are willing to advertise Stakeholders’ Wellbeing events, but not to advertise the goods, services or events of third parties.

The Bar Council, individual stakeholders in the WATB Programme, and the WATB Working Group membership, welcome comments and ideas from those wishing to work with us to improve Wellbeing at the Bar.

2 in 3 barristers feel that showing signs of stress equals weakness