The Inn's COVID-19 Arrangements

Updated 15 May at 2:17pm

Given the latest government advice, our physical events have been cancelled up to 1 September. Refunds will be provided and alternative online events are being organised where possible.

The Inner Temple estate is currently closed to the general public. Gates will remain accessible for tenants and residents via fob access. Tudor Gate remains accessible to cars. Visits to our estate should kept to those defined as essential under government advice. Visitors are urged to implement social distancing.

We recognise this is a stressful time, particularly for those with training requirements – we are working with the BSB to formulate solutions as swiftly as possible and will provide more information as soon as we have it.  Please also refer to the BSB website for updates, as well as specific advice for Pupils, Pupillage Providers and Practitioners:

Administration Arrangements

The Treasury Office is fully operational with staff working remotely.

Visitors to the Treasury Office should please ring the Porters’ Office bell. For general enquiries, please email enquiries@innertemple.org.uk or ring 020 7797 8250.

Accommodation at the Inn

We regret that until further notice, we are unable to take bookings for our overnight accommodation in Chaucer and Boswell.

Collector's Department

The Collector’s Department will be working remotely where possible but all the usual telephone numbers and email addresses will remain fully operational and there will be at least one member of staff in the office every day during normal business hours

Education and Training

The Education & Training Department is fully operational with staff working remotely. However, the office is closed to visitors. Please phone or email with any enquiries – full contact details are available on our contacts page. The Inns of Court are consulting with the Bar Standards Board - updates on forthcoming education and training events will be communicated to members as soon as information is available.

In the meantime, the Bar Standards Board have released a statement for practitioners and bar students.

The Bar Council also collates updates of relevance to the profession here.

Garden

The Garden’s public opening hours have been suspended until further notice. Residents and those with fob access to the Garden can still access the Garden as long as they follow the government guidance on social distancing (keeping 2m apart) and we would advise 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 decision was taken to close the Library as from 23 March because of the COVID-19 situation and Library staff are now working from home. We are continuing to monitor government guidance and hope to be able to resume library services on-site as soon as we possibly can.

During the closed period the Library team is endeavouring to provide library services for members by offering a remote enquiry and document delivery service using our online subscription databases. The service is available between 9.00 am and 5.00 pm from Monday to Friday. There is no charge for the document delivery service during the COVID-19 crisis. We can be contacted via email at library@innertemple.org.uk

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