Wellbeing at the Bar

Wellbeing

Barristers, clerks and chambers' staff are exposed to emotionally and psychologically challenging environments on a daily basis. We aim to tackle the stigma associated with mental health and encourage members of the profession, and those who support us, to better understand wellbeing and feel empowered to make healthy choices.

Wellbeing at the Bar:

  • Provides barristers and chambers' personnel with the information and skills they need in order to stay well;

  • Supports members of the profession through difficulties that affect a barrister's professional life; and

  • Provides assistance to those responsible for or who are supporting those in difficulty or crisis.

Bar Council research into barrister wellbeing (2014) identified risk factors which may impact on a barrister's performance. The Wellbeing at the Bar report is available to view here

The research gave Bar Council a clear mandate to take forward work on this agenda, which is funded by the Bar Representation Fee.

Over 2016/17 the Wellbeing at the Bar programme will:

  1. Deliver online resources for individuals (pupils/new practitioners/practising barristers) and those with a management/other responsibility for barristers (Heads of Chambers, Clerks/Practice Managers, Pupil Supervisors and EDOs). Online resources are available on a separate website www.wellbeingatthebar.co.uk

  2. Expand and support any/all Bar mentoring programmes

  3. Work with third parties supplying support for those in crisis (e.g. LawCare, MIND etc.)

  4. Keep up a steady stream of articles and stories (lived experience) aimed at normalising wellbeing and encouraging members of the Bar to talk about wellbeing issues.

If you have any questions about the Wellbeing at the Bar programme, please contact the Bar Council's Head of Equality & Diversity & CSR, Sam Mercer SMercer@BarCouncil.org.uk

Bar Council's Wellbeing at the Bar programme is a partnership with the Inns of Court, the Circuits, the Specialist Bar Associations and the Institute of Barristers' Clerks.