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

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Self-harm

"Self-harm is often understood to be a physical response to an emotional pain of some kind, and can be very addictive"

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There are a range of organisations which can help with specific issues. Click here for some advice on seeking help and for a list of organisations and their contact details. Support

What is self-harm?

Self-harm can take the form of physical injury such as cutting, burning or pinching. However, alcohol abuse, drug abuse and eating problems are also forms of self-harm. The urge to self-harm can be very strong and become addictive.

There are many reasons why people self-harm and contrary to what we may believe, adults may be affected just as much as young people. There is significant stigma and shame attached to self-harming behaviour and for this reason statistics on adult self-harming are difficult to clarify.

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As a barrister, clerk or member of staff it can be a struggle to balance competing demands from clients, colleagues, solicitors and family. Addictive behaviours can become a way of releasing stressful feelings.

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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