Middle Temple Young Barristers' Association

MTYBA Committee 2019

At MTYBA’s AGM on 5 December 2018, the 2019 MTYBA Committee was elected by the membership:

President – Michael Harwood

Vice-President – Michael Polak

Treasurer – Richard Reynolds

Secretary – Aimee Stokes

Social Secretary – Maham Qureshi

Communications Officer – Sarah Taylor

Pre-Pupillage Officer – Lauren Suding

Pupillage Officer – Matthew Withers

Tenancy Officer – James Gould

Employed Bar Representative – Michael Brett

Advocacy Officer – Merlene George

Diversity and Inclusion Officer – Ariana Caines

Northern Circuit Chair – Matthew Howarth 

The outgoing 2018 Committee would like to thank all those who participated in the election, either by standing in the election or exercising their voting rights. There were many excellent nominees contesting the available positions and a very high voter turnout.

The incoming 2019 Committee would like to thank the outgoing committee for all their hard work throughout 2018.  

MTYBA looks forward to another year of working hard to represent the interests of Middle Temple’s young barrister members. Stay tuned for news of upcoming events and opportunities in the New Year.

Announcing the Winners of MTYBA's 2018 Advocacy Competition!

Many congratulations to Lucile Taylor, winner of MTYBA's 2018 Advocacy Competition, sponsored by LPC Law!

Good luck to Lucile on completing her pupillage at Hailsham Chambers!

And congratulations to the finalists
in 2nd place: Jaysen Sharpe
in 3rd place: Edmund Wylde, and
in 4th place: Ariana Caines!

Special thanks to Alistair Webster QC of Lincoln House Chambers for judging the final at The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple, and to the following barristers for judging the preceding rounds:

Karen Reid of 36 Group
Ben Cooper of Doughty Street Chambers
Shannon Revel of Furnival Chambers
Juliette Levy of Cerulean Chambers
Tom Schofield No5 Chambers
Chandrika Deshpande of One Pump Court
James Holmes of Garden Court Chambers
Richard Reynolds of 9 Bedford Row, and
Michael Harwood, James Gould & Hayyan Bhabha of MTYBA.

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MTYBA Elections 2018: Call for nominations

MTYBA will hold the AGM and Election of Officers from 6.30pm on Wednesday 5 December 2018 in Taskers, Middle Temple.
Deadline & how to stand: Send your full name, email address, Middle Temple membership number, year of Call, list of positions standing for (no more than 2), and a short biography (max 100 words) by email to the Returning Officer at by 12pm (midday) on Thursday 22 November 2018.
Voting: Members will have the option to vote on the night in person, or by email up until midnight on Tuesday 4 December 2018.
Please DO NOT send your nominations or votes to this email address – they will not be counted.


  • Term of office: 2019 calendar year.

  • Eligibility: Any member of Middle Temple who has been called to the Bar and is within their first seven years of practice is automatically granted membership of MTYBA. Any member of MTYBA may stand and vote.

  • MTYBA members may also vote by email.

  • Candidates may stand for no more than two positions.

Hustings for contested positions, voting in person, the count of email votes and an announcement of results will take place at the AGM on Wednesday 5 December 2018.

Offices being contested:

  • President

  • Vice-President

  • Treasurer

  • Secretary

  • Social Secretary

  • Communications Officer

  • Tenancy Officer

  • Employed Bar Representative

  • Pupillage Officer

  • Pre-Pupillage Officer

  • Advocacy Officer

  • Northern Circuit Chair

  • Diversity and Inclusion Officer


  • Nominations open now 

  • Nominations close at 12pm (midday) on 22/11/2018

  • Ballots will be published on 23/11/2018

  • Voting by email opens on 23/11/2018

  • Voting by email closes at midnight on 04/12/2018

  • Voting in person will take place at the AGM on 05/12/2017

How to stand:

  • Send your full name, email address, Middle Temple membership number, year of Call, list of positions standing for (no more than 2), and a short biography (max 100 words) by email to the Returning Officer at by 12pm (midday) on 22/11/2018.

How to vote:

  • Look out for an emailed ballot to all MTYBA members on 23/11/2018

  • Return a completed ballot by email by midnight on 04/12/2018 or attend the AGM to vote in person.

Questions? Issues? Please contact the Returning Officer on

MTYBA Autumn/Winter Calendar

MTYBA has a busy autumn/winter calendar full of fantastic events and opportunities. It's time to whip out your diaries / online calendars and get the dates put in now!

Further details of these will be added to our Events page in due course, and stay tuned via our monthly newsletter and on social media.

  • 3 September: Police and the Law with Pat Gallan QPM
  • 20 September: "Out of the Frying Pan..." Starting First Six
  • 3 October, 9 October: MTYBA Advocacy Competition rounds 1 and 2
  • 26 October: MTYBA Annual Dinner
  • 6 November: MTYBA Advocacy Competition Final
  • 15 November: CPD event: Disclosure and the Law
  • 30 November: MTYBA Christmas Party
  • 5 December: MTYBA AGM and Elections


MTYBA's Intern Awards and Practice Development Grants Open for Application: Deadline 31 May

Pre-Pupil Members - Intern Awards

The 2018 Intern Awards open for applications on 1 May and will close at 5pm on Thursday 31 May.

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 further information can be found here, and the application form here.

Tenant Members - Practice Development Grants

MTYBA is awarding two grants, of up to £500 each, for members of Middle Temple up to 7 years PQE. The grants are intended to assist our members in developing their practices and 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 reply to this email address setting out in no more than 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 Thursday 31 May 2018.

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

Discounted tickets for MTYBA members to Middle Temple Annual Dinner, 17 May 2018

MTYBA has bought a limited number of tickets to the Inn's Annual Hall Dinner on 17 May 2018 which we are offering exclusively to MTYBA members at the discounted price of £20, down from the normal price of £45. Annual Dinner is one of the highlights of the Inn's calendar and this promises to be a great night with Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick confirmed as guest speaker. For details, check out the Inn's website

Discounted tickets are offered on a first-come first-served basis. To reserve a ticket, please email with your name, year of Call and Inn membership number in order to be provided with payment instructions. Please note that tickets are not confirmed until payment has been received. 

Mock Pupillage and Interview Advocacy

Registration remains open for Mock Pupillage Interviews and Interview Advocacy Pre-Pupillage events

Following on from the Application Evening, parts two and three of MTYBA's Pupillage Application Programme take the form of mock pupillage interviews and interview-style advocacy exercises.

1 March and 7 March, both from 18:30, Rutledge Suites, top floor of the Middle Temple Library.


Mock interviews 01/03: experienced interview panellists will provide first round-style interviews followed by feedback.

Interview Advocacy 07/03: an opportunity to have a go at an unseen interview advocacy exercise in front of a panel of experienced interviewers. Civil and criminal exercises will be available.

This event is open to MTYBA members. Please RSVP to with your name, year of call and MT Membership number and which of either or both events you wish to attend. You will receive a confirmation email. We will send a further email confirming your time slot and requesting your application form a couple of days in advance of the event.

MTYBA Six Nations Socials

New for this year - MTYBA invites you to watch selected Six Nations rugby matches at Taskers. Free beer, soft drinks and snacks for those who arrive by kick-off. Otherwise BYOB. 

We'll be showing:

  • Italy v England - 04/02/18 - 3pm k/o
  • England v Wales - 10/02/18 - 4:45pm k/o
  • Scotland v England - 24/02/18 - 4:45pm k/o
  • France v England - 10/03/18 - 4:45pm k/o
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