Wellness for Law UK Conference - 30 June

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Wellness for Law UK Conference 2017 - Rewiring the Law
Friday 30 June 2017

8.30am-5pm including lunch and refreshments
Conference: £25.00 (£10 sponsored rate for students)
Optional pre-conference dinner: £50.00

The Inner Temple is pleased to be working with Wellness for Law UK to host the first UK Wellness for Law conference for barristers, academics, clinicians, practice managers, clerks and students and anyone with an interested in wellbeing and performance in the legal profession. The conference is supported by the Bar Council.

We are delighted to present an exciting programme of expert speakers for this full day conference, which will explore research, clinical knowledge and good practice to inform and support the legal profession. The programme for the conference is available here.

The conference will be preceded by an optional dinner for delegates at the Inner Temple on the evening of Thursday 29 June 2017.

"The Inner Temple is proud to be sponsoring and hosting the first UK Wellness for Law Forum in June. This important event reaffirms the Inn’s commitment to supporting, educating and assisting our members’ in developing not only their legal skills, but also in acquiring vital tools for maintaining their physical and mental health. Life at the Bar is undoubtedly challenging. We must continue to work together to ensure a fluid and continuing dialogue about mental health and how best to understand, support and resolve issues for the benefit of the profession and the public alike."  David Pittaway QC, Treasurer of The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple


"The Wellness for Law Forum is helping to drive the Wellbeing agenda forward and to provide guidance and leadership in this important area. Ours is a demanding profession. The better equipped we are to meet the challenges we face, the more we will achieve, not only for ourselves but for our clients and for the public interest which we serve. Members of the Bar with an interest in Wellbeing, and those who might be thinking about how this has an impact on their own lives, should consider attending this event." Andrew Langdon QC, Chairman of the Bar

 For further details and to book, please visit

www.wellnessforlawuk.org

 

 

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The Wellbeing Portal is a website designed to provide support and best practice to barristers, clerks, chambers on wellbeing. The Portal can be accessed by clicking the above image or at www.wellbeingatthebar.org.uk.

The Portal has been created as part of the Wellbeing at the Bar Programme, chaired by Rachel Spearing, Master of the Bench of Inner Temple and barrister at Pump Court Chambers. 

The programme aims to:

  • Improve barristers' wellbeing and resilience;
  • Improve chambers' management practices and understanding of Wellbeing and mental health; and
  • Improve support available to those in crisis.

Research into Wellbeing, undertaken in October 2014, looked at barristers' health and wellbeing and identified risk factors which may impact barristers' performance. This research was ground breaking and was the first time that a whole profession had been surveyed in relation to wellbeing in any country. Barristers responded in record numbers with nearly 2,500 barristers completing the survey.

Survey results were analysed by an independent third party, Positive Group, and the resulting Wellbeing at the Bar report is available to view here.

Key findings were:

  • 1 in 3 find it difficult to control/stop worrying;
  • 2 in 3 feel showing signs of stress equals weakness;
  • 1 in 6 feeling in low spirits most of the time;
  • 59% demonstrate unhealthy levels of perfectionism;
  • Psychological wellbeing within the profession is rarely spoken about.

A working group including representatives of the Inns, Circuits and SBAs was convened to develop wellbeing information, training and support focusing solely on barrister and clerks' wellbeing. 

Helen Davies QC, Master of the Bench of Inner Temple and joint Head of Brick Court Chambers, and Jennie Collis, Executive Assistant to the Sub-Treasurer, represent the Inner Temple on the Wellbeing at the Bar Working Group. If you have any questions about the Wellbeing at the Bar programme, please contact Jennie Collis.