RLC Wellbeing Director Valerie Charbit has co-written a piece for the latest edition of Counsel Magazine exploring whether Kindness could be a driving force for change at the Bar.
Writing with Professor Robin Banerjee ( Head of the School of Psychology at the University of Sussex) the authors reflect on a project both initiated in November 2021 which conducted research with a group of barristers to investigate their experience of kindness and its impact as well as barriers to kindness in the profession.
Research highlighted that kinder workplaces create a more positive environment for productive work with 3 overarching themes arising from the focus group discussion and Professor Robin Banerjee’s research namely: Explicit and implicit rules of conduct, Workplace contexts and conditions and Individual differences in levels of kindness. The project now seeks to co-create strategies with the Bar so as to foster a kinder culture. Nicola Shannon, Wellbeing Director for the South Eastern Circuit will work with Valerie and Robin to take the project forward in 2023.
“Kindness at the Bar, embraced from the top down and the bottom up, and actively promoted by all parts of the profession should be a good news story for the Bar this year”
Valerie has represented the Criminal Bar Association as Wellbeing Director and the South Eastern Circuit on Wellbeing.
Read article here: [Counsel December 2022]