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 example, the Bar Council and Bar Standards Board offer ethical and other support services, and the charity Law Care offers comprehensive support for all lawyers.

See links below:

http://www.barcouncil.org.uk/supporting-the-bar/ethical-enquiries-service/
http://www.lawcare.org.uk/

There is a dedicated Bar Council Equality and Diversity helpline which can provide assistance on the equality and diversity rules in the BSB Handbook, and advice to the profession on any Equality and Diversity, parental leave or harassment issue. Phone: 020 7611 1321.

See the Wellbeing Toolkit for tips on how to manage your own stress, and who to turn to for advice.