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Mixed Messes provide an opportunity to engage one to one or in small groups with Members of Hall.

This evening begins with a drinks reception where you can meet and later dine in groups of four (a mess) with barrister and judicial members of the Inn. Dinner is preceded by a talk given by a guest of the Treasurer.

November’s Mixed Mess talk will be delivered by Dame Katherine Grainger DBE on ‘Lessons I’ve learned in life, law and leadership, from the boat to the boardroom.’

About Dame Katherine Grainger DBE

Katherine graduated in law from Edinburgh University, then went on to achieve an MPhil in Medical Law and Medical Ethics from Glasgow University, and in May 2013 completed a PhD in the sentencing of homicide at King’s College, University of London.

Katherine took up rowing at Edinburgh University in 1993 and made such good progress she was awarded the Eva Bailey Trophy as their most outstanding female athlete in 1996 and again in 1997 when she won her first international Gold medal at the U23 World Rowing Championships.

To round off a most exceptional 20 year rowing career, Katherine was named ‘Dame Katherine Grainger’ in the 2017 New Years Honours List for services to rowing and charity.

Today, she invests her considerable talents into the role of Chair at UK Sport, the UK’s high performance agency where she is building on the commitment to excellence that she witnessed as an Olympic athlete.

Event details

Location: Benchers entrance

Date and registration time: Tuesday 21 November, 5.30pm

Who can attend: Open to all Members of the Inn

Dress code for in-person attendees: Dark suits and Gowns


In recognition of the benefit Members of Hall provide to the education and professional development of our student members at Mixed Messes, tickets for barrister Members over 3 years call are currently free of charge.

  • Students (Gray’s Inn student members only) and barristers within 3 years of Call: £18
  • Barristers (from 3 years of Call): Free
  • Benchers: £30

Cost online: £6

May count towards Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for barristers: view the Bar Standards Board guidance for CPD

How to book

Book online via the Gray’s Inn Online System (GIOS).

Book now

Qualifying Sessions 

Qualifying Session (QS):  1 QS

Theme: Ethics, Standards and Values

Learning outcomes:

  1. Consider the values of justice, fairness, integrity and public service and how they apply to the Bar and other professions.
  2. Consider the importance of perseverance and determination in the pursuit of excellence and career goals.
  3. Discuss the importance of standards and values in professional life, with members of the Bar and judiciary.

This QS relates to the following elements of the Professional Statement for Barristers: 2.1, 2.3, 3.3, 3.4

Preparation required: No

Please see Qualifying Sessions for further information.

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