MTYBA's Annual Dinner with Lord Igor Judge – 20 October 2017
It is with great pleasure to announce that Lord Igor Judge will be the guest speaker at MTYBA's second Annual Dinner on the evening of Friday 20 October 2017.
Dress code: Black Tie
Tickets are £25 and will be reserved for MTYBA Members first, and a separate reserve list for guests will be taken, where requested. Payment instructions will be provided upon registration.
Guest tickets are now available!
Tickets will not be confirmed until payment is made, and depositing more than the cost of Members' tickets will not automatically reserve any guest tickets.
To reserve your ticket/s for you and guests, please email email@example.com with
1. Your name/s
2. Year/s of call
3. Number of tickets (non-MTYBA members will be placed on a reserve list)
4. MT membership number/s
Tickets are limited and will not be confirmed until payment is received.
We look forward to seeing you there!
On Thursday 19 October, MTYBA will be hosting a panel and networking event for practitioners at the Employed Bar.
The panel will consist of employed barristers giving their advice and insights, and will be available to take your questions.
The event will take place in the Sherrard Room, Ashley Building from 18.45. Complimentary refreshments will be available.
This event is for members of the Employed Bar, is free to attend and there is no need to RSVP.
We look forward to seeing you.
Join us for a Q&A with a number of recent tenants on the best way to survive and succeed in your first six. The event will be held under Chatham House rules and alcoholic (and non-alcoholic) beverages will be provided, so its a great opportunity to get a "warts and all" account of what to expect for the first six months. Don’t expect sympathy, but at least know they’ve been there before.
Drinks and refreshments provided.
On Thursday 1 June 2017, MTYBA and The South Eastern Circuit present a conversation with Melinda Taylor.
Melinda is an Australian criminal lawyer who was arrested and detained in Libya in 2012 after being assigned by the International Criminal Court to defend Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of Muammar Gaddafi.
The event will take place in The Queen's Room, Middle Temple from 18:30. Refreshments will be provided.
It is free to attend but RSVP is essential: firstname.lastname@example.org
On Thursday 27 April 2017 MTYBA and Fulcrum Chambers are coming together to present a corporate crime CPD lecture at Fulcrum's office on the 25th floor of The Shard.
The talk will centre on direction post Rolls Royce DPA with other general views. The event will be opened by Fulcrum's David Huw Williams QC.
There will be wine and refreshments. RSVP essential: email@example.com
Join us for a Q&A with a number of recent tenants on the best way to survive and succeed in your second six. The event will be held under Chatham House rules and alcoholic (and non-alcoholic) beverages will be provided, so its a great opportunity to get a "warts and all" account of what to expect for the next six months.
MTYBA and Urban Lawyers are launching their joint advocacy programme for University law students on 23 March 2017. The programme comprises three workshops providing the students with an introduction to advocacy skills.
The launch will be a 'top tips' and Q&A session with a panel of experienced advocates from a variety of practice areas. The panel session will be followed by a drinks reception at Middle Temple.
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.
Happy 2017 to you all!
MTYBA will once again be hosting a three-part Pupillage Application Programme to those of you applying this spring. The first event is our Pupillage Application Evening on Wednesday 25 January 2017 at 18.30.
We have a panel of experienced application-sifters from various Chambers sitting on our panel to answer your questions and provide some do's and don'ts and top tips on getting that all important invitation to interview. Following this we will have a break-out session where you can speak to our panellists one-to-one and even show them a draft of your current application or a previous attempt from last year.
The event is being held in Taskers, Ashley Buidling. Refreshments in the form of wine, soft drinks, tea, coffee and sandwiches will be provided. No RSVP necessary, just turn up!
The remaining two events in our programme take the form of mock pupillage interviews and mock advocacy exercises. Details to follow nearer the time.
I look forward to seeing you on 25 January,
Come along to MTYBA's Employed Bar #Christmas Social at Taskers on Wednesday 14 December from 6pm, to mingle with like minded friends and colleagues. RSVP not required.
We look forward to seeing you there!
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For the first time, MTYBA will be hosting an Annual Dinner exclusively for its members in the Middle Temple bench apartments. Dinner will be followed by an after dinner speech by Barrister, Member of Parliament, former Attorney General and Middle Temple Bencher Dominic Grieve QC MP, which is not to be missed. This will be ticketed event, ticket prices £25. Available spaces will be capped.
You must RSVP to attend to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear MTYBA Members,
It is with great pleasure that we announce ‘An Evening with Nicholas Opiyo’ this Thursday 20 October 2016 at Church Court Chambers.
Mr Opiyo is an award winning human rights lawyer and Director of Chapter Four Uganda. Members of his immediate family suffered at the hands of the Lord’s Resistance Army but now he is defending one their commanders. He was also responsible for helping to overturn Uganda’s draconian anti-homosexuality law in the Constitutional Court (more info here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0414lq0)
Do not miss this opportunity to hear from this inspiring man about his career and how he is helping to improve the situation faced by some of the world’s most vulnerable. 2 CPD hours will be available.
What: An Evening with Nicholas Opiyo’ talk with refreshments (2 hours CPD)
When: Thursday 20 October 2016
We look forward to seeing you there,
The MTYBA Committee
A not-to-be-missed opportunity for young barristers of all interests to hear from Jonathan Jones, Treasury Solicitor, HM Procurator General and Head of the Government Legal Service. There will be a talk, an opportunity for Q&A, followed by a drinks reception. 2 hours CPD available.
You must RSVP to email@example.com
MTYBA's "Out of the Frying Pan" First Six Panel Discussion - 21st Sept
When: 21 September 2016, 18.30 onwards
Where: The Sherrard Room, Middle Temple.
Who: Pupils to be/pupils just started/sadistic ex-pupils wanting to wind up the current ones.
Why: To find out whether its normal to have been locked in chambers' attic/basement and have books thrown at you.
How: Join us for a Q&A with a number of recent tenants on the best way to survive and succeed in your first six. The event will be held under Chatham House rules and alcoholic (and non-alcoholic) beverages will be provided, so its a great opportunity to get a "warts and all" account of what to expect for the first six months. Don’t expect sympathy, but at least know they’ve been there before.
Drinks and refreshments provided.
Join us for an evening of short talks from guest speakers on the subject of POCA followed by a drinks reception. Our speakers will be:
- Peter Kiernan, former deputy-director of the SFO.
- Geoff Mesher FCA, forensic accountant.
- Oliver Grimwood, barrister specialising in business crime, fraud, bribery and corruption.
2 hours CPD available.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org now, with your Middle Temple membership number and year of Call.
We are holding our first ever Manchester-based Pupillage Application and Interview Day on Saturday 4th June at Manchester Metropolitan University. This event will combine our usual series of pupillage application events into one day for the benefit of our members who live closer to Manchester.
Travel expenses up to £50 will be paid for the first 10 members to confirm attendance.*
Refreshments will also be provided free of charge throughout the day. The event will be topped off with a few libations at a nearby establishment.
The timetable for 4th June will be as follows:
10.00 - 10.30 Introductions and coffee/refreshments
10.30 - 11.30 General Application Advice (perhaps with forms if preferred by advice seeker)
11.30 - 11.45 Coffee Break
11.45 - 13.00 Interview Workshops
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch (provided)
14.15 - 16.00 Interview Advocacy Workshops
16.30 - 19.00 Drinks and Light Bites at a nearby bar
Background to the Event:
We have, for a number of years now, held a series of events at the Inn in order to help our members (up to 5 years post pupillage-completion; not students) who are still seeking pupillage.
These are usually in the spring and comprise the following: a Pupillage Application Evening, Interview Workshop Evening and an Interview Advocacy Evening.
We have been planning to expand the offering of our events outside London for sometime now having been encouraged to do so by Master Judge who as you know was Master Treasurer of Middle Temple in 2014. We also received the same encouragement from students and junior bar members at the Middle Temple Circuit Dinners over the course of last year in Cardiff, Liverpool, Newcastle and Leeds. We are now in a position to be able to do this for 2016 and very much hope that you will be able to help us in this new venture.
There will be a number of practitioners leading the various sessions from sets across the country.
Who can come: Middle Temple Members who have been called or who are currently studying on the BPTC and live outside London.
Due to limited space, RSVPs are required to email@example.com. Please state your name, Middle Temple Membership Number** and whether you would like to claim back travel (available to first 10 eligible RSVPs only*).
We are very much looking forward to this new event and hope that with the support of our members outside London, this will be a successful event for years to come.
The MTYBA 2016 Committee
*travel expenses for the first ten to sign up are only available to those travelling further than 15 miles from MMU
** please email anyway and we can use other means to verify membership of Middle Temple
A chance to undertake an unseen advocacy exercise in front of a panel, much like those plea in mitigations and other applications that are asked of interviewees at pupillage interviews. Again there will be experienced practitioners there to provide detailed feedback. Criminal and civil problems will be provided and you’ll have 10-15 minutes to prepare, just as if it were for real.
Exactly how it sounds. We’ll have a panel of experienced interviewers from Chambers ready to give you as an authentic interview experience as possible, followed by some feedback designed to sharpen your performance. Copies of forms will be requested in advance so our panel get a glimpse of you before you interview. Time slots will be allocated closer to the date.