Bar Council launches Wellbeing at the Bar: Phase Two

22 September 2017

To mark the first anniversary of the Wellbeing at the Bar website, the Bar Council will introduce a Certificate of Recognition to recognise efforts made to promote wellbeing across the Bar. In line with the theme of One Bar at this year's Annual Bar and Young Bar Conference, everyone - including chambers, Specialist Bar Associations, Circuits, Inns and organisations that employ barristers - will be able to apply. The Certificate will act as a beacon of good wellbeing practice at the Bar for those who receive it.

With over 100,000 hits in less than a year since its launch, the Wellbeing at the Bar (WATB) website, set up to provide wellbeing and mental health support tools for barristers and chambers, has been a resounding success for the profession.

To receive a Certificate of Recognition, applicants must have a wellbeing policy or practice in place and be able to demonstrate their commitment to promoting wellbeing. The application should contain evidence of recent initiatives and programmes; these may include (but are not limited to) education and training, mentoring schemes and/or other supportive mechanisms. Applicants should be prepared to share their initiative on the WATB website to assist others seeking to develop ideas and good practice.

To be amongst the first to secure a certificate, applications should be submitted by email to SMercer@BarCouncil.org.uk by Friday 13 October 2017. Please see the guidance document for further information. For the application form, click here.

All applications will be evaluated by the WATB working group, and the first tranche of certificates will be presented by the Chair of the Bar, Andrew Langdon QC, at the Annual Bar and Young Bar Conference 2017 on Saturday 4 November.

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Notes to Editors

The Wellbeing at the Bar 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

Further information is available from the Bar Council Press Office on 020 7222 2525 and by email Shiryn Sayani SSayani@BarCouncil.org.uk or Steve Rudaini SRudaini@BarCouncil.org.uk.  

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.