Raising awareness, promoting engagement and fostering resilience is an ongoing and a key part of our culture at Bevan Brittan.Jodie Sinclair, Senior Partner
Working in law can be a challenging environment and as a firm we want to ensure that we are supporting our colleagues in developing their resilience, putting in place appropriate support channels and resources that everyone can access. We recognise that everyone has their own unique set of personal and professional circumstances, challenges and stresses.
Our Wellbeing Working Group has representation from across the firm and thanks to their drive and enthusiasm, we have an established programme of initiatives, including our informal ‘Coffee With’ scheme pairing up colleagues at random once a month for a catch up held over Zoom.
We are proud of our open culture, where colleagues feel empowered to speak openly about physical and mental health issues and to seek out support when needed.
We have trained 21 colleagues across the firm as Mental Health First Aiders, nominated Partner Wellbeing Champions in each of our offices, and appointed Wellbeing Ambassadors to raise awareness and promote engagement. With colleagues sharing their personal insights and reflections on a variety of topical themes – from living alone during lockdown to prioritising self-care – we are showing that we all have a human side.
Collectively, these are the pillars of our Wellbeing strategy, which we will continue to build on to provide colleagues with an open and supportive environment that allows them to flourish personally and professionally at Bevan Brittan.
Wellbeing activities and initiatives
Time to Talk Day
We supported this initiative for the third year running by filming short videos of our Wellbeing Ambassadors sharing their thoughts on how they might raise or join a conversation about mental health.
World Cancer Day
Colleagues kindly shared their personal reflections on how their lives have been affected by cancer. This year’s theme is ‘closing the gap’ on care that is available and creating greater access for all.
Men's Health Week
In recognition of Men’s Health Week we invited Professor Galdas from the University of York to deliver a webinar which gave tips for engaging men in mental health and general health support.
World Patient Safety Day
To promote World Patient Safety Day we turned the Bevan Brittan logo orange on our website and social media accounts. This is an event organised by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the focus in 2021 was 'Safe maternal and newborn care'.
Strava running club
We have a virtual firm-wide running club on Strava, with a weekly leader board and regular challenges to keep us all motivated to stay active – whether through running, walking or cycling.
BB ‘Coffee With’
A scheme that gives colleagues the opportunity to have an informal virtual catch up over coffee with a colleague they have never spoken to before.