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Personal problem

"I can't cope with the divorce / bereavement / family upset and it is affecting my day job."

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How to cope with a personal problem

  • Keep calm: As with all situations that cause you anxiety or stress, the key thing is to try to keep calm.
  • Try immediately to relax: you may even find some deep breathing exercises useful.
  • In most situations it is better as soon as possible to explain to your colleague or principal what has happened
  • Many people make mistakes, it is just that – a mistake
  • Think about whether it is actually a mistake, or is it just that you are being blamed by someone who does not like a situation that has occurred?



  • You can ask to talk to people in confidence
  • Think about whether you would like them to do anything as a result
  • Just sharing your experience may help you feel more calm
  • If you need time off then arrange a time to speak to your senior clerk or head of chambers
  • Remember that chambers will want you to be happy in chambers and performing at your best and they will want to support you in that



“I cannot stress enough how helpful and important receiving professional assistance was in getting me through a difficult time and out the other side. It is almost inevitable that difficulties in people’s personal life will impact on their professional life in a profession where one has to give so much of oneself to the job. I was lucky to be referred to a highly experienced and competent therapist”

Barrister, 5+ years’ Call

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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’

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