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Giraffes and hyenas… A personal perspective (Theo Huckle QC)

Giraffes and hyenas… A personal perspective Don’t get me wrong. I am no David Attenborough. But when you’re invited to the Kruger Park in South Africa, it’s a bit hard to turn down. So, there I was a couple of weeks ago, driving from Johannesburg for 6 hours to get to the Phalaborwa Gate and […]

SRA v Sovani James: some reasons for optimism (Stephen Innes)

What the Divisional Court’s decision in SRA v Sovani James tells us about wellbeing for lawyers: some reasons for optimism This week the Administrative Court handed down judgment in three appeals by the Solicitors Regulation Authority:  SRA v Sovani James, SRA v Esteddar MacGregor, SRA v Peter Naylor [2018] EWHC 3058 (Admin). Reactions to the […]

Wellbeing at the Bar Blog: Kathy Wong

Bar Council: World Mental Health Day 2018 2018 was going to be an exciting year for me. I resolved to start the new year, a new me. Along with the new me, I started my new job at the Bar Council with a spiffing new project, Wellbeing at the Bar.  I felt like the luckiest […]

Wellbeing at the Bar Blog: Valerie Charbit

The Bar and the Bench: Supporting One Another Wellbeing is a work in progress for all of us, one which we should be required to consider daily, like a mantra in order to achieve regular improvements. Another way we can seek to change or improve our wellbeing is by attending events which provide us with […]

Wellbeing at the Bar Blog: Elisabeth Cooper

Wellbeing in the North I am approaching 10 years call next month, and have noted during my own time at the Bar those exceptionally talented members we have sadly lost from the profession due to serious emotional health and stress-related issues. Positively, however, in that decade and more recently, I have observed a significant shift […]

Wellbeing at the Bar Blog: Rachel Crasnow QC

A new kind of first aid: mental health first aid Determined, energetic and purposeful high achievers can be the most vulnerable to mental health issues because they push themselves so hard. Barristers, who often work alone, often with long commutes to courts, their self-employed status removing them from any managerial oversight, are particularly susceptible to […]

Wellbeing at the Bar Blog: Helen Randall

Wellbeing from the start Speaking to mini-pupils and conducting interviews for pupillage recently, it has struck me how unwilling anyone wishing to join the profession is to acknowledge the need for a work/life balance. I entirely understand the dilemma, and am sure I was guilty of it too. They want to join a profession with […]

Wellbeing at the Bar Blog: Amanda Hardy QC

Chancery Bar Association  From 2015 the Chancery Bar Association (ChBA) has been committed to initiatives to make all its members aware of the fundamental importance of wellbeing at work and, at the same time, provide information to ensure a healthy work/life balance for its members and their staff. The ChBA has over 1,300 members. There […]