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Wellbeing at the Bar: Our New Chair 2019

Plans for Wellbeing at the Bar in 2019 In 2019 I am chairing the Bar Council’s Wellbeing at the Bar (‘WATB’) Working Group. It would be impossible to start my time as chair in any way other than by paying tribute to the outgoing chair, and indeed our only chair to date, Rachel Spearing. Rachel […]

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: 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: Victoria Wilson

“Why do you want to be a barrister?” As I type this I am averting my gaze from my epic list of Things That I Need To Do. The most mundane jobs, such as weeding out dead briefs to send back to solicitors, can be immensely appealing when there are far more pressing tasks to […]

Wellbeing at the Bar Blog: Stephen Innes

Barristers’ partners: a different perspective – what does the other side look like? I have recently joined the Wellbeing at the Bar Committee as a representative of Gray’s Inn. Having been an admirer of the website and of the pioneering work of the Committee, it was a great honour for me to be invited. My […]

Mental Health Awareness Week: Wellbeing at the Bar Blog

Mental Health Awareness Week: Wellbeing at the Bar Everyone at some point in their lives will experience low points and challenges.  The stigma associated with mental health is unjust because poor health can occur in any part of our body and we don’t have the same negative associations with a broken leg or arm after a […]

Introducing new case studies: Grant Warnsby

As we sat down on a cold, damp Monday afternoon in October it became evident those Monday afternoon blues would be blown away. We were there to review submissions made by chambers, Inns, organisations and Specialist Bar Associations as part of the profession-wide Certificate of Recognition for Wellbeing at the Bar. Far too often these […]