The Wellbeing at the Bar website has acted as a catalyst in bringing the Bar's attention to wellbeing. Following the successful introduction of a Certificate of Recognition for good wellbeing practice, which attracted over 30 applications in its inaugural round, the Bar Council has announced that it will reopen Certificate applications. This will enable chambers, Inns, Circuits, Specialist Bar Associations and organisations that employ barristers to apply on an ongoing basis, with applications assessed each quarter.
The next round will open on Tuesday 7 November 2017 and close on 1 February 2018. Details about all upcoming rounds will be available on the Wellbeing at the Bar website here.
The first tranche of recipients of the Certificate were announced by the Chair of the Bar, Andrew Langdon QC, at this year's Annual Bar and Young Bar Conference, with certificates awarded to a range of organisations - including Inns, SBAs and Circuits, as well as chambers all over the country.
He said: "We have been delighted by the response to the wellbeing certificate initiative and - judging by the applications - the efforts of so many across the Bar to promote resilience and wellbeing. Congratulations to all the recipients."
Rachel Spearing, Chair of the Wellbeing at the Bar Working Group, said: "We will be publishing case studies from our recipients on the Wellbeing at the Bar website over the next few weeks. The ideas, the impact of the initiatives and the tips on do's and don'ts from others at the Bar will, we hope, provide both inspiration and rich pickings for anyone interested in starting a wellbeing initiative in their own organisation."
On 4 November, the following organisations were awarded Certificates of Recognition:
11 King's Bench Walk Chambers
23 Essex Street Chambers
3 Pump Court Chambers
4 New Square Chambers
4 Paper Buildings Chambers
Criminal Bar Association
The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple
Outer Temple Chambers
Chancery Bar Association
QEB Hollis Whiteman Chambers
Doughty Street Chambers
The Honourable Society of Gray's Inn
Serjeant's Inn Chambers
St John's Chambers
St John's Buildings Chambers
The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
The Western Circuit
Institute of Barristers' Clerks
These recipients' case studies will be available to view on the Wellbeing at the Bar website by the end of November.
The Bar Council congratulate the above organisations and look forward to receiving more examples of innovative ideas to promote wellbeing best practice and ensure that barristers' workplaces are engaged with mental health issues of all kinds.
Notes to Editors
The Wellbeing Working Group consists of representatives from the Bar Council, the Inns of Court, Specialist Bar Associations, the Circuits, the Institute of Barristers' Clerks (IBC) and the Legal Practice Management Association (LPMA). Examples of initiatives across the bar to promote wellbeing can be found at: https://www.wellbeingatthebar.org.uk/policy-and-practice/case-studies/
Wellbeing at the Bar (WATB) aims to:
Provide barristers and chambers' personnel with the information and skills they need to stay well
Support members of the profession through difficulties that affect their professional life
Help those responsible for or who are supporting those in difficulty or crisis
Wellbeing at the Bar has had over 130,000 hits in its first year.
The Bar Council represents barristers in England and Wales. It promotes:
The Bar's high quality specialist advocacy and advisory services
Fair access to justice for all
The highest standards of ethics, equality and diversity across the profession, and
The development of business opportunities for barristers at home and abroad.
The General Council of the Bar is the Approved Regulator of the Bar of England and Wales. It discharges its regulatory functions through the independent Bar Standards Board.