The work of developing the Inn’s policy and monitoring implementation is carried out by the Inn’s Standing Committees.
Council is responsible for the oversight of the Inn’s functions and the election of new Benchers but the detailed oversight is carried out by these committees. The committees are chaired by Benchers of the Inn and Benchers make up the majority of the membership of the committees but are joined in this work by barristers of the Inn, primarily drawn from the Inn’s Bar Representation Committee.
Planning and Development Group (PADG)
PADG provide advice to Council to enable the development of medium to long term views and plans, for example concerning regulatory developments, COIC governance, educational needs, the Inn’s estate, charitable activities, resource management, general policy and support of the Inn’s members. The PADG may also provide recommendations to Council for approval and dissemination to the Inn’s Committees.
The PADG reports periodically to Council. The PADG may carry out such functions and recommend additional policies and procedures as may be appropriate in light of changing business, legislative, regulatory or other conditions. The PADG shall also carry out any other responsibilities and duties delegated to it by Council and, in discharging its role, may study or investigate any matters it deems appropriate, or which are referred to it by Council.
Finance and General Purposes Committee (F&GP)
F&GP Committee has responsibility for oversight of the Inn’s financial affairs and such of the Inn’s other affairs as are not ordinarily dealt with by Council, or are not the responsibility of some other committee, in particular with a view to ensuring the Inn’s short and long term viability.
The Estates Committee has overall responsibility for the management, maintenance and improvement of the estate, including the fabric of the tenanted and collegiate buildings and the Inn’s Bar, Commercial and Residential tenancies and the implementation of related funded projects.
Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Committee
The EDI Committee has responsibility for developing, overseeing, and monitoring implementation of EDI strategy for the Inn, developing and supporting EDI initiatives directed at widening access to the profession, strengthening diversity and inclusion at the Inn, and supporting members from diverse backgrounds in their professional careers and development.
Pre-Call Education Committee
The Pre-Call Education committee has responsibility for oversight of all matters pertaining to outreach, admission, education and training and Call to the Bar of students including liaison with universities, Qualifying Sessions, Student Activities, Admission and Call to the Bar.
Post-Call Education Committee
The Post-Call Education Committee has responsibility for oversight of all matters pertaining to the education and training of barrister members of the Inn including: Advocacy Training for Pupils and New Practitioners, Ethics Training for Pupils and New Practitioners, Practice Management Training for Pupils, Education & Training for Established Practitioners, Training and Grading of Advocacy Tutors, International Advocacy Training.
Audit and Risk Committee
Audit and Risk Committee has responsibility for monitoring the reliability and integrity of governance, risk and management controls within the Inn and reviewing the policies and procedures for reporting financial and other matters, including performance and risk management.
All Other Committees
- Advisory (Benchers) Committee
- Chapel Committee
- Chattels Committee
- Gardens Committee
- Hospitality, Events and Dining Committee
- Investments Committee
- Library Committee
- Scholarships Committee
- Staff Committee
- Technology Programme Board
- Wine Committee