Middle Temple Young Barristers' Association

MTYBA AGM & Election – 6 December – Call for nominations!

UPDATE: Northern Circuit Rep and Development Officer - new roles!

Nominations are now open for the 2018 MTYBA Committee Election.

MTYBA will hold the AGM and Election of Officers from 6.30pm on Wednesday 6 December 2017 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, and a short biography (max 100 words) by email to the Returning Officer at returningofficer2017@gmail. com by 12pm (midday) on Friday 1 December 2017

Voting: Members will have the option to vote on the night in person, or by email up until midnight on Tuesday 5 December 2017


  • Term of office: 2018 calendar year.

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

  • MTYBA members may also vote by email.

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 6 December 2017.

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

  • Development Officer



  • Nominations open now

  • Nominations close at 12pm (midday) on 01/12/2017

  • Ballots will be published at 10am 02/12/2017

  • Voting by email opens at 10am 02/12/2017

  • Voting by email closes at midnight on 05/12/2017

  • Voting in person will take place at the AGM on 06/12/2017


How to stand:

  • Send your full name, email address, Middle Temple membership number, year of Call, list of positions standing for, and a short biography (max 100 words) by email to the Returning Officer at returningofficer2017@g by 12pm (midday) on 01/12/2017


How to vote:

  • Look out for an emailed ballot to all MTYBA members on 02/12/2017

  • Return a completed ballot by email by midnight on 05/12/2017 or attend the AGM to vote in person.

Questions? Issues? Please contact the Returning Officer on returningofficer2017@g 


Descriptions of Offices being contested:

President – To oversee the overall running of MTYBA, and to represent MTYBA within the Inn and at wider events along with the Vice President. You will be expected to sit on Middle Temple Committees in accordance with the Inn’s statutes and at the request of other members of the Inn, oversee all events (10 to 15 a year), think up and start new initiatives, take on new initiatives, be responsible for the MTYBA budget,  and represent MTYBA throughout the Inn. To stand for President you need to have served on the MTYBA committee for one year, or be proposed and seconded by two outgoing committee members. 

Vice-President – To support the President in the running of MTYBA and deputise for the President as required. It is the Vice President’s responsibility to ensure that the MTYBA constitution is being adhered to and to oversee any constitutional amendments.. The Vice President will take on some of the responsibilities of the President as agreed by the committee, including sitting on Inn committees and representing the interests of MTYBA’s members. 

Treasurer – To record all incoming and outgoings on behalf of MTYBA and assist with the budget preparation. The Treasurer is responsible for producing MTYBA’s accounts at the end of each year.

Secretary – The Secretary is responsible for organising MTYBA committee meetings, including room booking and preparation of the agenda, and for taking and circulating the minutes of those meetings.

Social Secretary – The Social Secretary will be responsible for organising several social events in the calendar year, liaising with, and in support of, other post-holders. The main social events in the MTYBA calendar on which the Social Secretary will lead are the Summer and Christmas Parties.

Communications Officer – The role involves three main parts.. First, controlling the email address and advertising all MTYBA events. Second, increasing the membership of MTYBA. Third, maintaining MTYBAs presence on social media.

Tenancy Officer – To provide support for and represent the interests of tenants in their first 7 years of practice. This officer is required to organise events which are of relevance to tenants (and the wider MTYBA membership), including social events and supplementary training, and take the lead on CPD/educational events. The Tenancy Officer also administers MTYBA's Practice Development Grant.

Employed Bar Representative – As well as being responsible for representing the interests of MTYBA’s employed members the employed bar rep position also aims to strengthen links with the self-employed bar and promote the profile of the employed bar within the junior end of the profession. This role should work closely with the Tenancy Officer to organise events of interest to those in practice. The role entails as a minimum organising one event a year for those who are at the employed bar and one to assist those who are seeking opportunities at the employed bar.

Pupillage Officer – To provide a link for pupils to MTYBA. This officer is required to organise MTYBA's two events per year for incoming first and second six pupils. They can also run additional events as and when they deem them to be appropriate, such as social events.

Pre-Pupillage Officer – The role of pre-pupillage officer is ideal for someone for whom the stresses and confusion of getting pupillage are still very fresh. Your responsibilities will include organising events to help people navigate the various stages of applying for pupillage, including paper applications, interviews, and relevant work experience. You will also lend a supportive ear to those with questions about the process, and need to keep your eye open for opportunities that may benefit them. As the competition for places increases, you will need to be able to support those who intend to continue applying and those who may consider looking at different careers. Primarily you will be required to organise MTYBA's three-part Pupillage Application Programme in the spring. The Pre-Pupillage officer is also responsible for administering MTYBA’s Intern Award. 

Advocacy Officer – Primarily the  role of this officer is to organise the Advocacy Competition which MTYBA runs in the Autumn each year. The officer should also look for opportunities to work with other committee members in order to provide advocacy training opportunities for MTYBA members at each stage of their career. 

Northern Circuit Chair - To Chair the Northern Sub-Committee of MTYBA. The Northern sub-committee members are nominated by the Chair at the start of the year and approved by the committee. The Northern Circuit Chair will take responsibility for organising events and opportunities for MTYBA members on the Northern Circuit, with the support of the subcommittee and the MTYBA committee, where necessary.

Development Officer - To assist in the development of strategy and new initiatives for the committee year and the longer term. 

All queries regarding the selection and election of candidates, please contact the Returning Officer at returningofficer2017@

We encourage as many members to attend and vote – drinks and nibbles will be provided. Good luck to all candidates!

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