Middle Temple Vacancy - Deadline: 20/10/2017

Membership Services Administrator

Middle Temple are currently looking for temporary cover in the Membership Department in the role of Membership Services Administrator. This is a short fixed-term contract until 15 December 2017.

Please find the advert and job description here.

To apply, please send a letter with your CV explaining how you qualify for the role and what you would bring to it, to Sophie Frankis at: recruitment@middletemple.org.uk

The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 20th October 2017.

Good luck to all those who apply!

MTYBA Advocacy Competition, sponsored by Hammicks Legal: 18 October–10 November (16 October entry deadline) – Applications Open

Registration is now open for MTYBA’s annual advocacy competition, sponsored by Hammicks Legal. This will take place between October 18th and November 10th.

Once again, the competition is focused upon advocacy with no skeletons, bundles or excessive time limits.
 
The competition provides an excellent opportunity to polish the CV for junior practitioners and also for pupillage applicants before the pupillage deadlines roll round again.

Competitors should apply individually. Pairings will only be allocated for those that progress to the final.

There will be three rounds which will involve both civil and criminal law. Rounds will be judged by leading practising barristers and senior members of the judiciary. The competition has been devised in order to display the full range of MTYBA members’ skills in oral advocacy.

Format:

Round 1 – 18/10/17 – 18:30–20:30

Round 2 – 25/10/17 – 18:30–20:30

Round 3 – 10/11/17 – 18:30–22:00


Competition Prizes:

The winning pair will take the title and be crowned MTYBA Advocacy Competition Winner. Prizes will be awarded to the four competitors that progress to the final round.

Location:

The competition will take place in the Advocacy Suites, located at the top floor of the Middle Temple Library. We will meet in the Sherrard Room at the far end.

Refreshments in the form of sandwiches, wine, soft drinks, tea and coffee will be provided.

Competition Registration:

We invite applications to take part in the competition.

Entry to the competition is by email: enquiries@mtyba.org

Entry is only open to MTYBA members. To enter please state your year of call and Middle Temple membership number.


The deadline for entry is Monday 16th October, 6pm
 

MTYBA Intern Awards and Practice Development Grants 2017 - now open for applications

Pre-Pupil Members - Intern Awards

The 2017 Intern Awards are now open for applications and will close at 5pm on Friday 30 June 2017.

There are up to three awards of £1000 available for pre-pupil members currently or due to undertake an international internship, in exchange for a short (1500 words) paper on a topic related to your experiences. 

Eligibility criteria and an application form are available on our website here: http://www.mtyba.org/intern-awards/


Tenant Members - Practice Development Grants

MTYBA is awarding two grants, of up to £500 each, for members of Middle Temple up to 5 years PQE. The grants are intended to assist our members in developing their practices and inter alia can be put towards attending conferences, international events, advocacy training or other training courses. If this money could help you do not hesitate to apply.

To apply, please email enquiries@mtyba.org setting out in 500 words: 
(a) your name, year of call and year of full qualification,

(b) what you would like to use a grant for; and

(c) how undertaking the activity would help to advance your practice

The deadline is 5pm on Friday 30 June 2017.

If you have any questions regarding how to apply for either of these awards please do not hesitate to contact us.

Best of luck! 

MTYBA's Manchester Pupillage Day

MTYBA has recently set up a sub-committee with the aim of assisting members of the Inn who are based in the North of the country. Matthew Howarth leads this sub-committee, which is also made up of Lewis Bretts (Treasurer), Douglas Cochran (Pre-pupillage), Eleanor Keehan (Tenancy), Aisling Campbell (Social) and Kenneth Tang (Communications).

In achieving this aim, the Northern MTYBA sub-committee organised a mock-pupillage interview day on 11 March 2017 to assist young members of the Inn in their quest for pupillage. Manchester Metropolitan University kindly provided rooms for the day and those that attended were put through two rounds of pupillage interviews. The event was a success and those that attended found it very useful.

Thank you to those that attended and to those who helped to organise and run the event. Future events are planned so please look out for emails and social media posts for further information. If anybody wishes to obtain further details about MTYBA or the Northern sub-committee, please do not hesitate to get in touch. The Northern sub-committee’s email address is MTYBANorth@outlook.com.

 

Kenneth Tang on behalf of MTYBA North 

Confronting Modern Slavery: MTYBA and HRN, 1 February 2017

On 1 February 2017, MTYBA and The Human Rights Network hosted a joint event at Middle Temple on Confronting Modern Slavery.

Our guests heard from Caroline Haughey, Lucy Colman, Justine Currell and Rothna Begum, on how to confront modern slavery, before getting the chance to put their own questions to the panel.  

If you would like to hear more about the Human Rights Network’s future events please email humanrightsnetwork1@gmail.com to be added to their mailing list, and join their Facebook group.  For more information about Human Rights Watch, please see their websitefacebook page or twitter (@hrw).  

MTYBA would like to thank our speakers, guests and The Human Rights Network for collaborating on this important issue. We look forward to working with you again in the future.

MTYBA Committee 2017

At the AGM on Wednesday 18 January 2017, MTYBA members cast their votes in the election for the 2017 committee. We are delighted to announce the new committee as follows:

  • President - Will Glover
  • Vice President - Michael Harwood
  • Treasurer - Lauren Suding
  • Secretary - Sarah Taylor
  • Pre-Pupillage Officer - Matthew Withers
  • Pupillage Officer  - Matthew Howarth
  • Employed Bar Representative - Emma Walker
  • Tenancy Officer - Richard Reynolds
  • Social Secretary - Ruth Reid
  • Advocacy Officer - James Gould
  • Communications Officer - Hayyan Bhabha

Thank you to all who attended the AGM and stood in the elections. The level of participation was extremely encouraging and we look forward to seeing you in the future. 

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the outgoing 2016 committee for all of their hard work over the past 12 months, in particular the outgoing President Karen Reid, who has given us a wonderful platform to work from over the next year.

We already have an exciting calendar of events and opportunities lined up. Stay tuned via email, social media and our website for details.

"Confronting Modern Slavery": MTYBA and Human Rights Watch lecture, 1 February 2017

On Wednesday 1 February 2017, MTYBA and Human Rights Watch are collaborating to host an evening on the subject of Confronting Modern Slavery.

Despite the prohibition of slavery under article 4 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its abolition throughout the world, slavery continues to exist. The Walk Free Foundation's 2016 Global Slavery Index estimates that 45.8 million people are subjected to some form of modern day slavery.

The Human Rights Network (HRN) and MTYBA's event "Confronting Modern Slavery", will examine the prevalence of modern slavery, what form it takes (including domestic servitude, sex trafficking and forced labour) and what more needs to be done to tackle it.

For this event, HRN and MTYBA will be joined by a panel of four speakers with significant expertise in this area:

Caroline Haughey is a barrister at Furnival Chambers and prosecutes and defends across a wide range of the most serious and high profile criminal cases. She was instructed as counsel in the first Slavery case in Britain and has subsequently been instructed as leading counsel for the Crown in some of the most serious and high profile trafficking cases. Caroline was commissioned by the Prime Minister, in her previous role as Home Secretary, to carry out an independent review of the effectiveness of the criminal justice provisions in the Modern Slavery Act, one year after it came into effect. She has also been appointed to the Prime Minster's Modern Slavery Task Force, which is being chaired by the Prime Minister. 

Lucy Colman works in the House of Lords as a Political Adviser and Speechwriter. Previously, she worked as a Researcher at the Centre for Social Justice, an independent think tank established to put social justice at the heart of British politics. There, she authored a report entitled ‘It Happens Here’, which exposed the hidden disgrace of modern slavery in the UK and made a number of key recommendations to tackle modern slavery in the UK. This was instrumental in placing modern slavery firmly on the political agenda, which later led to the passing of the Modern Slavery Act.

Justine Currell is the Executive Director at Unseen, a charity seeking to tackle modern slavery by supporting survivors, identifying the key issues surrounding slavery and exploitation, and influencing the systems that keep slavery hidden. In her capacity as Executive Director, Justine oversees Unseen’s modern slavery helpline and their wider engagement with stakeholders. Previously, Justine was the modern slavery senior policy adviser in the Home Office, where she led on the development of the Modern Slavery Act, including the transparency in supply chains provision and business guidance. 

Rothna Begum is the women’s rights researcher for the Middle East and North Africa region at Human Rights Watch. Rothna has worked extensively on migrant domestic workers, many of whom have very few rights or protections and are vulnerable to abuse. Prior to joining Human Rights Watch, Rothna worked for Amnesty International.

Places are limited and you must register in advance to attend. Registration is free and can be completed through our Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/confronting-modern-slavery-what-more-needs-to-be-done-to-tackle-modern-slavery-in-the-uk-and-around-tickets-30541429237

The event is being held in the Parliament Chamber at Middle Temple and starts promptly at 19:00.

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.

We look forward to seeing many of you there.

 

MTYBA Advocacy Competition: 10 October–4 November (30 September entry deadline) – Applications Open

For those recently returning from holiday, we know you may have barely unpacked your bags. Be that as it may, we here at MTYBA like to provide as many opportunities as possible for MTYBA members. With the dates for the pupillage gateway moving next year (from April to February) MTYBA have decided to run the competition again this year for the benefit of applicants. As such, registration is now open for MTYBA’s advocacy competition. This will take place between October 10th and November 4th.
 
The competition provides an excellent opportunity to polish the CV before the pupillage deadlines roll round again!

Competitors should apply individually. Pairings will only be allocated for those that progress to the final.

Once again, the competition is focused upon advocacy with no skeletons, bundles or excessive time limits.

There will be three rounds which will involve both criminal and civil law. Rounds will be judged by practising barristers and senior members of the judiciary. The competition has been devised in order to display the full range of MTYBA members’ skills in oral advocacy.

Format:

Round 1 – 10/10/16
Round 2 – 21/10/16
Round 3 – 04/11/16

Competition Prizes:

The winning pair will take the title and be crowned MTYBA Advocacy Competition Winner. Prizes will be awarded to the four competitors that progress to the final round.

Location:

The competition will take place in the Advocacy Suites, located at the top floor of the Middle Temple Library. We will meet in the Sherrard Room at the far end.

Refreshments in the form of sandwiches, wine, soft drinks, tea and coffee will be provided.

Competition Registration:

We invite applications to take part in the competition.

Entry to the competition is by way of reply to this email: enquiries@mtyba.org

The deadline for entry is Friday 30th September, 6pm. Registration is essential so that we can allocate times and apportion slots.

Entry is open to all MTYBA members and we wish you the best of luck.

James Gould
Advocacy Officer

MTYBA Autumn/Winter Calendar: Save the Dates!

• POCA CPD Lecture: 15 September
• Surviving First Six: 21 September
• An Audience with the Treasury Solicitor, Jonathan Jones: 6 October
• Autumn International Internship Awards: October
• Autumn Advocacy Competition: 10 and 21 October, 4 November
• MTYBA Annual Dinner with Guest Speaker Dominic Grieve QC MP: 28 October
• Mental Health, Children and Vulnerable Witnesses CPD Lecture: TBC November
• MTYBA Christmas Party: 25 November

For more details, check out or Events page.

MTYBA Junior Tenant Practice Development Grants

Middle Temple Young Barristers’ Association Junior Tenant Practice Development Grants

The Middle Temple Young Barristers’ Association is pleased to announce that we will be offering two grants in 2016, each of up to £500 for members of Middle Temple within the first 5 years of practice. The grants are being offered to junior tenants in order for them to develop their practices and can be put towards attending international conferences, training courses, or other suitable opportunities.

To apply for a grant please send an email to enquiries@mtyba.org of no more than 500 words explaining (a) what you would like to use a grant for and (b) how undertaking the activity would help to advance your practice. The deadline for the 2016 grants is 31 July 2016.

MTYBA Great British Beer Festival Social

Middle Temple Young Barristers’ Association Great British Beer Festival Social

Friday 12 August 2016, Olympia

After a short hiatus we will once again be attending the Great British Beer Festival.  Those who came, and can still remember the last time, will tell you that this is a social not to miss.  The GBBF (we love a good acronym here at MTYBA) offers visitors over 900 real ales, ciders, perries and international beers as well as fantastic entertainment, food, and traditional pub games to enjoy all under one roof.

The evening is a good chance to meet other junior barristers, share war stories, and sample some of the world’s finest beverages.  MTYBA has a limited number of reduced priced tickets available for £5 for MTYBA members.

Tickets will be sold on a first come, first serve basis, and at one per MTYBA member.

To reserve your ticket, please email enquiries@mtyba.org now, with your Middle Temple membership number and year of Call.

MTYBA Manchester Pupillage Day

On Saturday 4 June MTYBA hosted a Pupillage Day in Manchester, the first of its kind for MTYBA outside of London. Combining our three-part pupillage application programme into one single event we gave pupillage-seekers based in and around the northern circuit the chance to have their written applications scrutinised, undertake mock pupillage interviews, and perform advocacy exercises to our panels of local practitioners who then gave detailed feedback. One of our attendees gave the following feedback:

"I gained a lot from Saturday. I was given useful feedback on my pupillage application, great advice on how to approach a pupillage interview and gained good experience in conducting an advocacy exercise. I liked that the barristers cared about the advice they were giving and the fact that they were candid in their advice. Being given feedback from barristers on the Northern Circuit was a particular highlight. I am genuinely grateful for MTYBA’s effort in setting up the event."

Our sincere thanks go to Tim Storrie, Sam Karim and Doug Cochran for giving up their Saturday to assist us and impart their wisdom to our pupillage applicants. Thanks also go to Manchester Metropolitan University for hosting the event. 

MTYBA wishes the very best of luck to those who attended on Saturday with the applications and to all our pupillage applicants across the country. If you have any ideas or suggestions as to how we can  improve or pupillage application programme please do not hesitate to contact us at enquiries@mtyba.org.

MTYBA Advocacy Competition – Sponsored by Hammicks Legal

The final round of the MTYBA Advocacy Competition took place on Wednesday 13th April. Competitors progressed to the final through two rounds consisting of first, a bail application, and second, an application for strike out and summary judgment.

The final took the form of a mock criminal trial. This exercise required the competitors to produce opening and closing speeches. The trial also required examination in chief and cross examination of witnesses, in addition to fielding challenging judicial intervention.

The final was kindly judged by HHJ Edmunds QC and HHJ Gledhill QC. The following two individuals were named MTYBA Advocacy Competition Winners: Andrew Herd and Paul Smylie.

The winners each received £100 gift vouchers provided by Hammicks Legal.

We thank all those who judged and took part in the competition. Further details can be found on our advocacy page.

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