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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 […]

(Re) Finding My Voice (and Relearning how to Communicate)

What would be your deepest fear? Of being alone? Of not being loved? Lack of recognition? This year something happened to me that gave me insight into my worst fear – not being able to communicate. After feeling unwell for a while last year I had a blood test that showed that one of the […]

Boost your physical resilience

[Article by Health Assured] Stress isn’t a new problem. However, today it is office politics, traffic jams, overwork and late nights that cause levels to rise. Whereas cave dwellers burnt off stress through the physical activity involved in fight or flight; today we often can’t physically fight or run away from the things that cause […]

Charlotte May QC’s wellbeing journey

My wellbeing journey started back in 2014, when I was invited to join the Bar Wellbeing Committee as the IP Bar Association representative. I confess that, at the outset, I did not know much about wellbeing or why it was relevant to practice at the Bar. Shortly after I joined the Committee, and in an […]

Stress Management

[Article by Health Assured] According to a survey carried out by Forth, 85% of UK adults experience stress on a regular basis. April marks the return of Stress Awareness Month – the wellbeing campaign aimed at raising awareness of stress and promoting stress free living. What is stress? Stress is our body’s response to a […]

Wellbeing at the Bar: A clerk’s perspective (Arron Snipe)

Wellbeing at the Bar: A clerk’s perspective (Arron Snipe) When I was asked to write a blog on wellbeing from a clerking perspective for Wellbeing at the Bar (‘WATB’), my first thought was what on earth would I write about? With this being my first ever blog, I questioned whether I could share my personal […]

Learning to support yourself and others (Nina Caplin)

Learning to support yourself and others Since the inception of the Wellbeing at the Bar initiative in 2015, I have been greatly impressed at how quickly the issue of wellbeing has been embraced by the profession and those who work with barristers. In 2015 the Bar Council’s wellbeing survey indicated that 2 out of 3 […]

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 […]