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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.

February’s Mixed Mess talk will be delivered by Michael Beloff KC on ‘Law, Justice and Rules in the World of Sport’.

Michael Beloff KC, sometime Treasurer of the Inn and President of Trinity College, Oxford, familiarly described as the Godfather of Sports law, was a member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport for 25 years during which he arbitrated at five summer Olympics. He has also chaired the ethics commissions of three international sports, athletics, cricket and skiing and was ethics commissioner for the successful London 2012 bid. His memoir “MJBQC – a Life within and without the Law’’ with a foreword by Lord Neuberger, former President of the Supreme Court was published in 2022. In this talk he describes, on the basis of his own experience and from his own perspective, the contribution the law makes to modern sport and its importance.

Event details

Location: Benchers’ entrance

Date and registration time: Tuesday 21 February, 5.30pm

Who can attend: Open to all Members of the Inn

Dress code: 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 both under and over 3 years call are currently free of charge. 

  • Students (Gray’s Inn student members only): £18
  • All Members of Hall: Free
  • Benchers: £30

Cost online (online attendance is only available for Circuit students or transferring qualified lawyers):

  • Circuit students / transferring qualified lawyers only: £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).

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Qualifying Sessions 

Qualifying Session (QS): 1 QS

Theme: Legal knowledge, Justice and the Rule of Law

Learning outcomes:

  1. Analyse concepts and principles in relation to the rule of law, the administration of justice and the Bar of England and Wales.
  2. Contribute to legal debate and discussion.
  3. Develop legal knowledge and understanding through discussion with practitioners.

This QS relates to the following elements of the Professional Statement for Barristers:  1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 3.1, 4.1
Preparation required: No

Please see Qualifying Sessions for further information.

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