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News / Events: Overworked

The Times They Are a-Changin’?

Real talk. It jolted me when one of my children asked, “What is most important; sleep, work or playtime?” I had to ask myself whether this was a hint that I was neglecting those close to me? That I had succumbed to the insidious grasp of the demands of life at the Bar? Those pressures […]

Wellbeing from a TECBAR perspective as told by Riaz Hussain QC 

TECBAR, the Specialist Bar Association for employed or self-employed barristers who practise in the Technology and Construction Court, was founded in 1983 and now has 400 members. A TECBAR or construction related practice is intellectually and mentally challenging. A long building project will engender thousands of records; each of which may be the key to […]

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: Helen Randall

Court Sitting Hours It must surely be obvious to anyone who takes a second to think about it that a barrister’s working day extends far further than the time they spend in a court room. Every case needs to be read in detail and carefully prepared. Trial strategies need to be planned, speeches written, applications […]

Wellbeing at the Bar blog: Pushpinder Saini QC

20 years can change your life or how the internet revolution has upset my physical and mental wellbeing July 1997. A pleasant breakfast and say goodbye to my baby daughter. Catch the Central Line for the short trip from Lancaster Gate to Chancery Lane. Read a bit of novel (probably The God of Small Things) […]

Wellbeing at the Bar blog: Rachel Crasnow QC

  In mid-May the Employment Law Bar Association (ELBA) held its first Well-being event. Entitled “Keeping each other sane: tips for leading a happy legal life” it was billed as being a humorous yet introspective look at how to reduce the stressful parts of everyday working at the employment bar. We devised a panel comprising […]