In your first years you may find it best not to go away during school holidays or in August. More senior practitioners are likely to be away during these times, creating potentially interesting opportunities to pick up briefs in their absence.
Criminal courts and county courts run all year round so there may be fewer ‘quiet’ times to go away.
Don’t be afraid of taking holidays of at least a week, and take longer ones as you become more confident as you progress. If you have any concerns, discuss them with your clerk.
There is more information on work-life balance on the wellbeing section of the Toolkit.