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Find out what Wellbeing at the Bar aims to achieve.

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

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According to statistics from Gamble Aware as many as 590,000 adults in Britain may have a problem with gambling.

Gambling takes many forms, from the seemingly innocuous lottery and scratch cards many of us use weekly to online bingo and sports betting on the high street. It seems like the opportunity to gamble is never far away.

For confidential help, call

On calling, you will be asked to identify whether you are a self-employed Barrister, or a member of the IBC* or LPMA*

0800 169 2040

*See member area of IBC/LPMA websites for member access code.

How to recognise a gambling addiction

Gambling often starts innocently as an enjoyable pastime. For some people it escalates into something they have trouble controlling and which is addictive. Behaviour may change as a result of the urge to gamble and others may start to notice these changes in you. You might notice that you have become withdrawn, anxious, stressed or moody around those you work with and care for.

Thoughts of making your next bet may dominate your waking hours. Guilt is often associated with addictive behaviours. You may notice you avoid talking about winnings or losses or find yourself lying to loved ones about money concerns. Unhelpful coping strategies such as drinking too much alcohol may feel like a short term solution.


The fallout from gambling addiction can be devastating: relationship difficulties, separation from partners and family and loss of employment are not unusual in those who struggle to manage their addiction. Free, impartial and compassionate support is available to anyone concerned about their own gambling behaviour or that of others.

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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 can be difficult to make a living from law and it can be pressurised and demanding. Competition and an adversarial approach to everything can make collegiate relationships difficult. This website aims to provide you with the knowledge to manage these stressors, make emotionally informed, wise professional decisions and thrive in your chosen profession.

A simple expression that sums up wellbeing is ‘travelling well’

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