4 New Square has been recognised for its work in promoting the wellbeing of its employees, pupils and barristers, by being one of the first sets of chambers to be awarded a Wellbeing at the Bar Certificate of Recognition. The certificate was presented by the Chairman of the Bar, Andrew Langdon QC, at the 2017 Bar Conference on Saturday 4 November.
4 New Square’s submission for the award will be displayed on the Wellbeing at the Bar website. In announcing the award, the Bar Council commended Chambers’ all round commitment to wellbeing:
‘4 New Square has clearly identified the benefits of wellbeing investment with a well-articulated business case. They recognise the importance of existing policies e.g. mentoring and fair allocation of work etc. as contributors to any wellbeing strategy. Good to see too, a wide range of initiatives, ranging from resilience training to running and yoga, acknowledging the different strategies that can support individual wellbeing.’
Senior Clerk and CEO Lizzy Stewart commented:
“We are very pleased to have received this award. We believe that people thrive and perform at their best when they get the support they need. We strive, wherever we can, to make chambers a positive, inclusive and friendly place. The welfare of everyone in chambers is very important in itself, but there is also a growing awareness of the business case for promoting wellbeing: supporting our staff and barristers in maintaining mental and physical health enables us to continue giving the very best service to our clients.”
Head of Chambers Mark Cannon QC added:
“I entirely agree. These things matter a great deal and I am delighted that the initiative and work of members of staff and chambers in this field has been recognised.”