Wellbeing at the Bar

Practice Management, Resilience & Recovery

Kindly hosted by the Honourable Society of Inner Temple in the Parliament Chamber

Monday 5th September 2016

Registration 17:45 – Presentation 18:00 – 19:00 – Drinks 19:00 – 20:00



Rachel Spearing – Co-Founder & Chair of the Bar Council’s Wellbeing at the Bar Program.

Robyn Bradey –  Expert Clinician and Consultant to the Australian Royal Commission, DPP and Commonwealth Office.

1 hour.   45-minute presentation with 15 mins Q&A session.


Session Abstract:

A brief presentation will present the evidence that many lawyers are struggling under the combined weight of workload, distressing case content, distressed clients and isolation in the job.  Vicarious Trauma has emerged as a real issue in modern legal practice as the mental health of the profession declines around the world.  New ways of thinking and working as legal practitioners need to be found.  The presenters will offer some positive intervention strategies, tools and ways forward, based on clinical knowledge, brain science and effective case management that are already being implemented in other jurisdictions.  Be a part of this important discussion about wellbeing in the law.


Professional Biogs:

Robyn Bradey is a qualified clinician, counsellor and published author with over 35 years of experience in psychology, social work and health care training in both private and community mental health practice. She has developed and delivered education and training programs for specialist practitioners in the Judicial Office, Immigration and Family Service. She designed supervision and mentoring initiatives for The Australian Royal Commission, the DPP of New South Wales, the Commonwealth Office and the Law Society.

Rachel Spearing is a criminal practitioner at Pump Court Chambers.  Called in 1999 her work has included serious and organised crime, drugs, violence (including torture), rape and serious sexual offences, both prosecuting and defencing. Her work profile now includes criminal responsibility for business, financial crime and mediation.  She is involved in Executive Education Teaching Programs in the UK and Overseas


To secure your place, please email the CBA administrator.