The following members of Inner Temple have been appointed Queen’s Counsel:
- Dr Guglielmo Verdirame
- James Roberts Esq
- Mohinderpal Sethi Esq
- Balraj Bhatia Esq
- John Cammegh Esq
- Miss Katherine Goddard
- Timothy Cray Esq
- William Upton Esq
- Jonathan Hand Esq
- Kevin Dent Esq
- William Bennett Esq
- Nicholas Craig Esq
- Damian Woodward-Carlton Esq
- Michael Goodwin Esq
- Miss Sian Mirchandani
- Dale Martin Esq
- Ms Charlotte Kilroy
- Daniel Shapiro Esq
- Timothy Buley Esq
- Christopher Smith Esq
- Miss Diya Sen Gupta
- Jonathan Rees Esq
- Mozammel Mohammad Hossain Esq
- Fionn Pilbrow Esq
Master Andenas (Dr Mads Andenas PhD MA DPhil) has been appointed a QC Honoris Causa.
The Treasurer will host a dinner for the Inn’s new Silks on Wednesday 8 May at the Vintners Hall, a Searcys venue, on 68 Upper Thames Street.
On 24 January, five of our Searcys staff were shortlisted for corporate awards (out of 1200 staff in total). They were in the top three in all cases and Adam Finnegan won the award for being “Exceptional Manager of the Year”. Mike Wilson, Inner Temple’s Head Chef left on 22 February after 13 years at the Inn (one as Head Chef) to become Executive Head Chef at the Honourable Artillery Company, a new venue for Searcys. We hope to see him back here in two years’ time.
A Social Context of the Law debate on Artificial Intelligence chaired by Master Nice took place on 28 January, with contributions from Master Firth-Butterfield and Richard Susskind. Master Buckland lectured on “The History of the Law Officers” on 18 February.
The last Private Guest Night to be held in Inner Temple for two years took place on 30 January; the last such Benchers Night on February; and the last such Sunday Lunch on 24 February.
The Bar Liaison Committee met on 11 February. Agenda items included terms of reference for and membership of a working group to consider issues relating to the BLC and maternity and childcare, and a working party to draft a response on behalf of the BLC to the BSB consultation on fees and charges in relation to the future BPTC (see above).
The Treasurer Nomination Committee (TNC) met on 18 February and considered ways in which submission of the names of potential future Treasurers could be invited before the TNC makes formal nominations. A Bencher Nomination Committee meeting took place on 27 February.
Drinks were held on 19 February to mark Michael Ellis’s completion of 30 years working for the Surveyor’s Department.
The Temple Women’s Forum met on 28 February under the theme of “How Far Have We Come – Then, Now and the Future – Reflections on How We Have Progressed Since Women Gained the Vote”. Introduced by Co-convenor HHJ Sapnara, the forum took the form of conversations between Master Reader-Elect (and Co-Convenor) and the speakers. Speakers included: The Rt Hon Baroness Kennedy QC (Labour Peer), Dana Denis-Smith (100 Years Project), Judith Bourne (St Mary’s University), Dr Maggie Semple OBE FCGI (academic, business woman and QC Appointments) and Suella Braveman MP (Conservative MP for Fareham and member of Middle Temple) and was attended by 160 members of the Inns. Master Reader-Elect took the opportunity to encourage relevant attendees to nominate or be prepared to be considered as nominees to be Governing Benchers, in order to create an ever more diverse Bench Table at Inner Temple.
Master Melville chaired a Car Park Committee meeting on 19 February to review end-of-year income for 2018. Although income from daily permits held up well against figures for 2017, overall income was down due to lower revenue for use of the car park by film production companies.
Filming for the third series of period drama Harlots took place on 23 February in Church Court and Inner Temple Lane. A Channel 5 documentary Inside the Tower will film in the Committee Room on Thursday 7 March featuring Edward VI’s Devise for the Succession, by kind assistance of the Librarian. Post WWII spy drama, Traitor, filmed at Inner and Middle Temple in 2018 (under the pre-release name of Jerusalem), is currently showing on Channel 4.