The Inn’s Barristers’ Committee (GIBC) is the ‘Voice of Hall’ and exists to:
- represent the view of members of Hall who are barristers and are not Masters of the Bench, and to convey those views to the Masters of the Bench
- consider the interests of members of Hall and the Inn
- nominate members of Hall to serve on the Management Committee and other bodies
- discharge such other tasks as may be agreed from time to time between the Committee and the Masters of the Bench
Elections for representatives from the Self-Employed Bar are now closed.
The Gray’s Inn Barristers’ Committee is pleased to announce that of the 14 candidates who stood this year, the following five were elected:
- Victoria Ellis, Pump Court Chambers (2010)
- Tim Forte, 3 Temple Gardens (1994)
- Samantha Jones (re-elected) 39 Essex Chambers (2012)
- Satvinder Singh Juss, 3 Hare Court (1989)
- Yasin Patel, Church Court Chambers (2002)
The Chairman of the Committee, Lucinda Orr, wishes to thank all those who stood for election to the Committee this year which has a vital role at the Inn as the Voice of Hall.
With annual elections for a third of the Committee, she hopes that candidates will put themselves forward again and encourages all Members of Hall eligible to stand to do so or to contact the Committee at any time.
Lucinda also thanks those who are standing down this year for their service. John Goss, Katrina Mather and Emma Price will stand down from the Committee in 2021.
Members can register for the:
- GIBC Pupil Mentoring Scheme
- GIBC Practitioner Mentoring Scheme.
The GIBC Mentoring Scheme can be a valuable source of support as you go through pupillage, or during your early years of practice.
Register for a mentor (you can apply for this scheme at any time).
Barristers’ Committee Activities
The Barristers’ Committee organises a series of Junior Bar Events to encourage members of Hall to become more involved in the Inn’s social scene. Upcoming events will be listed in Events.
- We hold an annual Wellbeing at the Bar event. Previously we have run an ‘open mic’ night in the Bridge Bar, evenings focused on the Bar and social media, quiz nights hosted by Joshua Rozenberg QC, and a lecture on Financial Planning and Education. More events will be announced in the near future, and we are always pleased to hear from members of the Inn with ideas or suggestions.
- We have established a mentoring scheme for second-six pupils and junior barristers, and have provided input into changes to the Inn’s website. Individual members of the Committee ‘shadow’ members of the Management Committee to ensure that the interests of barrister members are represented in every aspect of the Inn’s activities.
- Two of the Committee (Lucinda Orr and Gwyn Evans) sit on the Inn’s Management Committee. The Barristers’ Committee is often asked for input into decisions affecting the Inn. We regularly help to coordinate responses from members of the Inn to consultations from the Bar Standards Board. The Barristers’ Committee also provides one of the Inn’s representatives on the Bar Council (currently John Goss) and to the Inter-Inn Young Bar Working Group (currently Birgitte Hagem and John Goss).
- The Barristers’ Committee is always pleased to hear from members of Hall with comments, feedback, ideas and suggestions. Please feel free to approach any of the Committee’s members or to email the Barristers' Committee
- In addition, the Barristers’ Committee has the power to co-opt committee members from within the Inn’s membership. If you think that you have a particular perspective to offer or experience to draw on, please contact us. We would be particularly keen to hear from members of the Employed Bar or members on the Western or North Eastern Circuits.
Current committee members (until 31 December 2020)
- Lucinda Orr, Chair (2006, Enyo Law, Employed Bar)
- Gwyn Evans, Vice Chair (2007, Tanfield Chambers)
- Katrina Mather, (2014, Hardwicke Buildings)
- Emma Price (2007, 5 Essex Court)
- Samantha Jones (2012, 39 Essex Chambers)
- John Goss (2015, 5 Essex Court)
- Sophia Dzwig (2017, 3VB)
- Jessica van der Meer (2012, 2 Temple Gardens)
- Kabir Sondhi (2010, 9 Bedford Row)
- Daniel Breger (2005, Government Legal Service)
- Birgitte Hagem (2012, Crown Prosecution Service)
- Andrew Taylor, Wales and Chester Circuit (1984, 30 Park Place)
- Chloe Fairley, Northern Circuit (2004, New Park Court Chambers)
- Harpreet Sandhu, Midland Circuit (2005, No 5 Chambers)
- Nicholas Leah, President
- Fatima Ismail, Vice President
The tenure of each member of the committee will be for a period of three years. Elections for a third of the committee will take place each year in the Michaelmas term; you can find full details regarding the election process in the Committee’s Constitution which can be found in appendix B of the Inn’s Standing Orders.