The Officers of the Bar Council Young Barristers’ Committee and the Young CBA have issued the following joint statement to young criminal barristers:

“As the days of action begin, we appreciate that this will be a particularly difficult time for many barristers, whichever way you choose to act. As criminal barristers, you do your best to help others and give your clients the best representation possible. However, in doing so it can be easy to forget to look after yourselves.

“We want to ensure that young barristers everywhere, but especially those in crime, are aware of where to get help, if it is needed. Below are some links to help you if you need assistance, whether it’s about your own wellbeing (or the wellbeing of colleagues), if you are being put under pressure or bullied by others, or if you are facing financial hardship or the threat of potential wasted costs applications.

“As ever, we remain available to assist if needed, so please do not hesitate to contact us if you feel you need some help. It is essential, now more than ever, that we look out for each other – please get in touch if you need us.”

Michael Polak, Chair, Young Barristers’ Committee

Michael Harwood, Vice Chair, Young Barristers’ Committee

Alejandra Llorente Tascon, Chair, The Young Criminal Bar Association

Robert Levack, Vice Chair, The Young Criminal Bar Association

The following links provide information on how to seek help and support:

Financial assistance

Barristers’ Benevolent Association

Middle Temple Emergency Fund for Pupils

Inner Temple Marshall Hall Trust

Lincoln’s Inn Financial Support for Members

Gray’s Inn Hardship Fund

Criminal Bar Association Bursary

Northern Circuit Hardship Fund

Mental Health Support

Wellbeing at the Bar

Confidential 24-hour helpline - 0800 169 2040

(On calling you will be asked if you are a self-employed or employed member of the Bar)

Law Care

Reporting bullying, harassment, or discrimination

Talk to Spot

Bar Council Ethical Enquiries Service

Email – [email protected]

Call – 020 7611 1307

Equality and diversity helpline – 020 7611 1426
Pupils’ helpline – 020 7611 1415

All lines are open 09:15-17:15 Monday-Friday.