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Life at the Bar is challenging. You can rest assured that you are not the first person who has struggled with their wellbeing. Barristers and clerks share their stories and experiences, providing advice on what has helped them to get well and stay well.

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Nick’s experience

Nick shares his experience and the benefits of counselling.


James’ experience

James explains how he now works to better manage his work / life balance.


Catherine’s experience

Catherine talks about changing her approach to work after surviving cancer.


Suffering with vicarious trauma

A barrister reflects on the impact of vicarious trauma.


Suffering with clinical depression

A barrister talks about practising with depression.


Benefits of meditation

A barrister talks about the benefits of meditation.


Handling stress

A judge talks about handling stress when he was a barrister and gives his tips.

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