Bar Wellbeing

Taking your first steps to being well

Are you ready to embrace change? Systemic Coach Zita Tulyahikayo and NLP Master Practitioner James Pereira QC explain how to make appropriate time for work, set achievable goals and enrich your legal life

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Calls to mental health line up

Lawyers are calling the helpline of mental health charity LawCare in higher numbers, according to its latest figures.

The charity dealt with nearly 900 calls in 2017 from 616 callers, up 11% on the previous year. The majority were women (65%) and 45% were trainees or those who had been qualified five years or less.

Workplace stress and depression were the most common problems, while other issues included disciplinary concerns, anxiety, bereavement, financial problems and bullying and harassment (4%).

LawCare Chief Executive, Elizabeth Rimmer said the figures showed that ‘more lawyers are willing to come forward and ask for help’, and encouraged anyone suffering not to stay silent, but to seek help.

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The importance of wellbeing for chambers

In the second article in their series, systemic coach Zita Tulyahikayo and James Pereira QC discuss the importance of wellbeing for chambers, the relationship between chambers and those who work there, and the matters that chambers should address when considering wellbeing

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Being LGBT+ at the Bar

Findings from a survey of the LGBT+ Bar make for hard reading, say Steven Vaughan and Marc Mason who outline what we know and what needs to be done

As a gay barrister-turned-academic and a gay solicitor-turned-academic, we couldn’t help but notice that whilst there is a reasonably strong body of work on diversity and inclusion in various sections of the legal profession, there is relatively little on LGBT+ lawyers. 

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Zero tolerance

There must be zero tolerance on sexual harassment at the Bar, writes Andrew Langdon QC

Sexual harassment must not be tolerated at the Bar, or in any other walk of life.

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#MeToo & due process

#MeToo has been a powerful force for good but in the court of social media, ‘I don’t know’ could be the fairest verdict of all, writes The Secret Barrister

An old stand-up routine – I forget whose – used to poke fun at those old-style newspaper polls where members of the public were invited to phone a premium rate number and express their view on a contentious issue of the day.

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Mentoring on the Western Circuit

The first Circuit-based mentoring scheme for women barristers is building confidence and camaraderie. Kate Brunner QC explains what sets it apart

The Bar may appear to be awash with mentoring schemes, but only a small minority of barristers actually have a mentor, and it is particularly difficult on the far reaches of Circuit to access support and events based in London. 

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PUPILLAGE SPECIAL: The psychology of pupils

Forewarned, forearmed: Dr Justine Rogers’ insider study of barristers and their pupils found distinct traits and pressures but there are collegiate solutions

‘Pupillage is like doing a marathon with a box in your hands. And inside the box is a glass vase which you need to keep intact, and you don’t get to open the box until the end of the marathon and for all you know the vase broke on day one!’

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PUPILLAGE SPECIAL: Who supervises the supervisors?

Guy Fetherstonhaugh QC and Simon O’Toole assess the Pupillage Supervisor Network one year on and offer a view on pupillage regulation

The Bar may be forgiven for thinking that our regulators positively enjoy tinkering with the rules for pupillage. 

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Prepare for re-entry

Practitioners share their career break experiences: plan ahead, prepare for challenges and a well-supported return is possible


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