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Help for barristers

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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Help for clerks and staff

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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Help for students and pupils

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

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Resources

Our vision

Find out what Wellbeing at the Bar aims to achieve.

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Policy & practice

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

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Media pack

Logos and banners to help you to promote wellbeing.

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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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Support

Support for barristers

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 clerks and staff

Who to talk to and how to get help, resources are for clerks and staff themselves.

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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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Assistance programme

The confidential 24/7 helpline with access to counselling for barristers, pupils, clerks and chambers’ staff.

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Menopause

Panic attacks

‘I felt like I couldn’t breathe, I just wanted to get out, to go somewhere else, but I couldn’t because I was on a train’

Performance anxiety

“I’m petrified about my next interview/hearing and I have no idea how I am going to cope.”

Substance abuse

Quick thinking and intellectual capacity is a vital strength in the legal profession and can be significantly damaged by substance abuse.

Stress

When stress becomes normality without recovery time or respite, we become unwell or experience negative health effects.

Self-harm

Self-harm is defined as ‘when somebody intentionally damages or injures their body. It’s usually a way of coping with or expressing overwhelming emotional distress’.

Perfectionism

“Pupillage feels like a year-long exam, and I am under increasing pressure to perfect my work”

Overwhelmed by work

“I can’t cope with how much work I have to do”