Monthly Archives: January 2018

The science

There is a large body of robust science showing that emotional stability and resilience is strongly correlated to performance at work, life satisfaction, health, and longevity. Where we sit on this performance/pressure curve determines whether we perform optimally and fulfil our potential. Resilience is the ability to adapt, bounce back and recover equilibrium when faced with periods of pressure or

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Stress

If you are suffering from stress, even in its earliest stages, it is important to take steps to control it. Stress can have severe consequences, including mental illness, heart disease and other physical illnesses, and family problems if it is ignored. There are also steps you can take to minimise your stress. These include: Eating a healthy diet (losing weight,

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Wellbeing at the Bar

Wellbeing (and mental health more generally) within the legal profession is rarely spoken about, yet within the Bar’s relatively small community everyone is affected by their own or colleagues’ poor mental health; be it depression, substance abuse associated with stress; the breakdown of relationships or, in the most extreme cases, suicide. There is perceived to be a high level of

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Building and managing a practice at the employed Bar

How to develop advocacy skills at the Employed Bar All barristers are subject to the same rules on compulsory training during pupillage and in the early years of practice. See the ongoing training section on the How to Conduct Yourself as a Pupil page of the Toolkit. Employed barristers are also required to comply with the mandatory continuing professional development requirements

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Financial affairs, accounting and tax for the employed Bar

Generally, the financial affairs of employed barristers are much more straightforward than those of their self-employed colleagues.  However, barristers moving from the self-employed to employed Bar should consider retaining an accountant during the transition period, as these barristers may have to continue filing tax returns for a short period following the transition. Barristers employed under a contract of employment will

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Regulatory issues

There is useful guidance on authorisation to practise issues at: https://www.barstandardsboard.org.uk/regulatory-requirements/for-barristers/practising-certificate/authorisation-to-practise/frequently-asked-questions-authorisation-to-practise-201617/ The right to conduct litigation Employed barristers should take particular note that they may need to apply to the Bar Standards Board (BSB) for the right to conduct litigation.  What constitutes ‘litigation’ is a question of law, and is therefore not specifically defined by the BSB, but as a general

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Where you can find support when things go wrong

Employed barristers should in the first instance seek help and support within the support networks of the employer organisation, such as line management chains and mentoring groups.  Many organisations will also have confidential internal reporting systems if discretion is required. Where that is not possible, or not appropriate, there are a number of impartial third party sources of help.  For

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What is an employed barrister?

The BSB Handbook defines an employed barrister as a barrister employed in either an authorised non-BSB body, a BSB authorised body or a non-authorised body “who supplies legal services as a barrister in the course of his employment.” In all cases the definition encompasses both those who are employed under a contract of employment and those employed “under a written

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Protecting your financial future

Finding time in today’s busy world is a constant challenge.  The demands of balancing work, family and leisure often do not allow the opportunity to plan or review personal finances. There are three key areas that will help protect you and your family: Income replacement cover Critical illness cover Life assurance Income replacement cover Income replacement is a means of

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State benefits and tax credits for the self-employed

If you really hit hard times you might be able to claim some state help towards housing and living costs. The rules are complicated. A good place to start is the Turn2Us website, which enables you relatively quickly to assess your benefit entitlement. If that doesn’t answer your questions, or you wish to speak to someone in more detail, contact Citizens

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ABSs and entities: dual-practice – employment as a consultant

There is now an increasing variety of ways in which barristers can offer their services. These will have their own accounting and tax treatment. It is important to double check with an accountant that you are dealing with your fees in an appropriate way. Do be aware that you may be considered to be an “employed barrister” for the purpose

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