Middle Temple Young Barristers' Association

The 2018 MTYBA Committee were elected at the Annual General Meeting on 6 December 2017


Michael Harwood

Michael is serving as President of MTYBA, having previously served as Vice-President, Pre-Pupillage Officer and Advocacy Officer.

Michael is a lawyer at HM Treasury.

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Vice President
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Michael Polak

Michael is currently serving as Vice-President of MTYBA, having served as Development Officer, Tenancy Officer and Pupillage Officer.

Michael is a tenant at Church Court Chambers and practises in criminal and human rights law.



Richard Reynolds

Richard is serving as Treasurer of MTYBA for the first time, having previously held the role of Tenancy Officer and Pupillage Officer.

Richard is a tenant (and former pupil) at Nine Bedford Row. Previously he was a paralegal in criminal, public & coronial law and served as general counsel to a digital publishing company. 



Sarah Taylor

Sarah is serving as Secretary of MTYBA for the second time.

Sarah is a tenant at Goldsmith Chambers.

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Social Secretary

Sophie Wood

Sophie is serving on the MTYBA committee for the first time as Social Secretary.

Sophie is an associate barrister in the criminal litigation department at Kingsley Napley.


Communications Officer

Monifa Walters-Thompson

Monifa is serving on the committee for the first time as Communications Officer.

Monifa is a tenant at Garden Court Chambers practising family law.


Pre-Pupillage Officer

Dr James Gould

James is serving as Pre-Pupillage Officer of MTYBA for the first time, after serving for two years as Advocacy Officer.

James has taught law to undergraduate students, which included teaching advocacy and mooting. He serves as director and trustee for the charity, Aventure Plus.

Pupillage Officer

Matthew Withers

Matthew is serving as Pupillage Officer of MTYBA for the first time, having previously served as Pre-Pupillage Officer.

Matthew is a pupil at 1COR Brighton.


Tenancy Officer

Max Melsa

Max is serving for the first time on the MTYBA committee as Tenancy Officer.

Max is a tenant at 2 Dr Johnson's Buildings, practising mostly in crime.

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Employed Bar Representative

Emma Walker

Emma is serving as Employed Bar Representative of MTYBA for the second year.

Emma is an employed barrister at a US law firm, and a Visiting Lecturer at King's College London.

Advocacy Officer

Hayyan Bhabha

Hayyan is serving as Advocacy Officer of MTYBA for the first time, having previously served as Communications Officer and Secretary.

Hayyan is a self-employed paralegal. He also works in Parliament advising on racial and religious hatred, and is Executive Director of - a WW1 archival project.

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Development Officer

Lauren Suding

Lauren is serving as Development Officer of MTYBA, after serving as Treasurer for two years. She is also on the Middle Temple Hall Committee and represents Hall on the Finance & Resources Committee and on the Commercial & Operations sub-committee.

Lauren came to the Bar after a ten year career in banking. She is a tenant at Field Court Chambers.


Northern Circuit Chair

Matthew Howarth

Matthew serves as Northern Circuit Chair for the first time, having previously served as Pupillage Officer of MTYBA.

Matthew is a tenant at Lincoln House Chambers.

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Outgoing President

Will Glover

Will is serving as Outgoing President of MTYBA, in an advisory role to the current committee. Prior to becoming President, Will served as Vice President for two terms and Pre-Pupillage Officer.

Will is a tenant at 3 Temple Gardens (Chambers of John Coffey QC).


MTYBA Northern Sub-Committee

The MTYBA Northern Sub-Committee was co-opted by the MTYBA committee to increase the presence of MTBYA, and its engagement with members, in the northern regions.

Matthew Howarth (chair); Lewis Bretts; Kenneth Tang; Aisling Campbell; Eleanor Keehan; Douglas Cochran

To contact the MTYBA North Sub-Committee, please email: 

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