Wellbeing Interviews

Success at the bar means different things to different people. The Wellbeing Committee interviews members of the bench and bar about their professional life, as well as their passions outside of work. Each offers a unique insight into the meaning of work-life balance. They have agreed to share these discussions with members.

Peter Strain

For Peter Strain, surfing is a fabulous way to empty the headspace of stress and anxiety. It led him to form the Australasian Lawyers Surfing Association, now the largest board riding club in the country.

Kate Richardson

When Kate Richardson first came to the bar she lived by the saying "Go hard or go home". Increasingly, she just felt overwhelmed. Hear how she re-engineered her practice, raised two children and took silk.

Justice Michael Wigney

Justice Wigney recalls the pressure of being barrister. In this interview he speaks frankly about the pressure of balancing professional commitments with a young family and about his regrets at not saying 'no' more often.

Ian Roberts SC

Ian Roberts SC has overcome strong headwinds and rocky headlands to raise money for a safe house for Indigenous women and children fleeing domestic violence

Mark Higgins

Mark Higgins, from Black Chambers, is not afraid of heights. Learn his secrets to releasing endorphins, lifting mood and increasing resilience to stress. When he’s not at the Bar table, he’s honing his skills in his chosen sport and participating at the highest levels. While some might consider the risks high, Mark says his chosen sport is not unlike the Bar and makes him a better barrister.