The Inn's COVID-19 Arrangements

Updated 11 September

The Inner and Middle Temple gates (excluding the gate into Middle Temple at Temple Place, which remains closed due to building works) have reopened. This will assist access and egress for the anticipated increase in residents, professional tenants and staff of both Inns who are gradually returning to the estate over the coming weeks.

The four Inns’ Libraries, including our Library at 10 Fetter Lane, are open on a rota basis with a booking system in operation. Our physical events have been cancelled until the end of the year and we will continue to monitor the situation in line with government guidance.

We recognise this is an anxious time, particularly for those with training requirements and the Inn will endeavour to provide high equality equivalent learning online until the end of 2020. We continue to be in communicate with the Bar Standards Board to ensure everyone can access training to ensure they can fully their obligations. Please also refer to the BSB website for updates, as well as specific advice for Pupils, Pupillage Providers and Practitioners. Several training events have been arranged online. For more information please see our Events page.

The Inner Temple Garden will reopen to the general public on weekdays from 14 September, with the usual opening hours of 12.30pm to 3pm. Fob holders may access the Garden as usual.

Whilst the pandemic crisis remains unpredictable, access control procedures will be reviewed to ensure the safety of residents, tenants, staff and contractors within both Inns.

Administration Arrangements

The Treasury Office is fully operational with staff continuing to work remotely and can be contacted by email or phone. For details about parking at the Inn, please see below.

Accommodation at the Inn

Bookings for the overnight accommodation are now being taken, please contact catering@innertemple.org.uk for more information.

Please be assured stringent cleaning processes are in place to ensure guests' safety and comfort during their stay.

The reduced rate of VAT has been passed on to members and the current rate is discounted to £148.75 per room.

Collector's Department

The Collector’s Department remains fully operational and the office will be staffed on a rota basis from Mondays to Thursdays. Staff working remotely can be contacted by the usual telephone numbers and email addresses.

Education and Training

The Education & Training Department is fully operational with staff working remotely. All Call Forms and other paperwork can be submitted electrically. If you need an appointment to visit the department, please email education@innertemple.org.uk. Appointment times are between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.

To speak to a specific member of staff, please phone or email. Fully contact details are available on our contact’s page.

We understand that for many this is an anxious time, be reassured that we will continue to provide online high-quality equivalent learning and support for all our students and practitioners who need access to our training.

Currently the Inn’s educational and training programme including Qualifying Sessions, Pupils and New Practitioners courses are being delivered through online learning until the end of 2020. An update on training due to be provided from January 2021 will be published shortly.

A comprehensive list of online events has been created for prospective students and those thinking of becoming a barrister. You can view it here.

We will communicate changes via this webpage, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Linkedin. We will also email students regularly. We have specific online support group for this year Bar Course Students, please email education@innertemple.org.uk to find out more about this support.

Garden

The Garden will reopen to the public on 14 September, keeping the usual opening hours of 12.30pm to 3pm Monday–Friday. Residents and those with fob access to the Garden can still access the Garden as usual. We ask all of our visitors to follow the government guidance on social distancing (keeping 2m apart) and we would advise visitors to wash hands after being in the Garden.

We ask for your understanding and cooperation in these difficult times. Please stay connected to the Garden through our Instagram account @Innertemplegarden.

Library

The Inn Libraries are currently planning to reopen to members in July. The Libraries will open on a rota basis throughout July and August. After this the opening arrangements will be subject to review. Please note that the Inner Temple Library will be operating a booking system for admission.

We are working hard to provide as robust a Library service as possible in these difficult circumstances and are aware of our users’ need for access to legal materials.

That being the case, we will be continuing to provide a free document supply service via email to members of the Inns of Court wherever they are working.

In addition, our librarians are available to answer your enquiries via email, Monday to Friday from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

Further details of our current services and resources can be viewed at the Inner Temple Library website.

Parking at the Inn

Parking permits for members may be purchased online at www.innertemple.org.uk/parking. Please email members@innertemple.org.uk to set up an account.

To assist chambers in providing parking permits for essential administrative staff we can offer each set two free permits (interchangeable between staff and members of Chambers), based on our current spare capacity. Please contact members@innertemple.org.uk to arrange.

Admissions

We are working to ensure that admissions to the Inner Temple continue to be processed as efficiently as possible, subject to the restrictions being imposed due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

We continue to check applications received by post but with most of the Inn’s staff now working remotely, we request that you kindly send your application by email to admissions@innertemple.org.uk.

Certified copies of certificates and photographs may also be emailed while restrictions are in place, although you will be asked to provide original certified copies when it is possible to do so.

Once your application has been accepted, you will receive an email with the Inn’s bank details asking you to make a payment by bank transfer.

Once the payment has been received, we’ll send you a confirmation of your admission by email.

Emergencies On Site

In the case of emergencies, the Porters can be contacted 24/7 on 020 7797 8255