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News / Events: Anxiety

Wellbeing at the Bar blog: Lynda Gibbs

The nature of the work at the Bar places heavy demands on time and patience and requires significant industry. The Bar is unique in that the working day starts early and ends late; there are few 9-5 days. Written advocacy must be crafted outside court hours and the careful thought processes that take place when […]

Wellbeing at the Bar blog: Cyrus Larizadeh QC & Victoria Wilson

WELLBEING AND BEING HIT BY A BUS ON THE WAY TO COURT by Cyrus Larizadeh QC and Victoria Wilson Cyrus Larizadeh QC of 4 PB: During my 24 year journey at the Bar, there have been times when I have felt very low and under extreme stress. So much so that on occasions it has […]

Wellbeing at the Bar – Lessons Learned and Next Steps

The Bar Council initiated our wellbeing work fully aware that we were going to be in it for the long haul. We recognised we had a mountain to climb in challenging the stigma too often associated with mental health, particularly at the Bar. That said, we’ve been surprised at how receptive barristers (and their clerks) […]