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Who We Are

The principal activities of Lincoln’s Inn are the provision of educational activities for students and continuing education for barristers; the provision of scholarships to students; the maintenance and development of the Inn’s estate of some 11 acres, including its historic and other buildings which comprise both collegiate buildings and other premises let as barristers’ chambers, professional offices and residential accommodation; support for the Bar; the provision of a first class law library; the maintenance of its Chapel as a place of worship; and collegiate activities for its members.

Officers of the Inn

 

The Treasurer is the annually elected Head of Lincoln’s Inn.

There are also the Master of the Library, the Keeper of the Black Books and Dean of the Chapel, and the Master of the Walks.

 

Treasurer - The Rt Hon Lord Justice McCombe

Contact

Email: Treasurer@lincolnsinn.org.uk 
Phone: 020 7693 5101

Bio: Sedbergh Sch.; Downing Coll., Cambridge (MA; Hon. Fellow 2013). Called to the Bar, Lincoln’s Inn, 1975, Bencher, 1996; admitted (ad hoc) to Bars of Singapore, 1992, Cayman Is, 1993. Second Jun. Counsel to Dir-Gen. of Fair Trading, 1982–87, First Jun. Counsel, 1987–89; QC 1989; an Asst Recorder, 1993–96, Recorder, 1996–2001; Attorney Gen., Duchy of Lancaster, 1996–2001; a Dep. High Ct Judge, 1998–2001; Kt 2001, a Judge of the High Court of Justice, QBD, 2001–12; Presiding Judge, Northern Circuit, 2004–07, PC 2012,a Lord Justice of Appeal, since 2012 – present. Mem., Senate of Inns of Court and of Bar Council, 1981–86; Chm., Young Barristers’ Cttee, Bar Council, 1983–84; Co-opted Mem., Bar Council Cttees, 1986–89; Mem., Gen. Council of the Bar, 1995–97 (Chm., Internat. Relns Cttee, 1997); Chm., Assoc. of High Court Judges, 2008–09. Head of UK Delegn to Council, Bars and Law Socs of EC, 1996–98. Inspector into affairs of Norton Group PLC, 1991–92 (report, with J. K. Heywood, 1993). Mem., Singapore Acad. of Law, 1992. Pres., Assoc. of Lancastrians in London, 2008. Gov., Sedbergh Sch., 2002–13. Chm., Oversight Cttee, RCSE, 2012–16. Trustee, Duke of Lancaster Housing Trust, 2008–14. Hon. FRCS 2015.

Master of the Library - The Rt Hon Lord Justice David Richards

Contact

Email: c/o amy.higgins@lincolnsinn.org.uk
Phone: 020 7693 5101

Bio
Oundle; Trinity Coll., Cambridge (BA 1973; MA 1980). Called to the Bar, Inner Temple, 1974; Bencher, Lincoln’s Inn, 2000; Vice Chancellor, County Palatine of Lancaster, 2008–1; a Judge of the High Court, Chancery Div., 2003–15; Kt 2003; a Lord Justice of Appeal, since 2015; PC 2015. Junior Counsel (Chancery), DTI, 1989–92; QC 1992; Contrib., 2000–, Jt Gen. Ed., 2009, Buckley on the Companies Acts.

Keeper of the Black Book and Dean of Chapel - Jonathan Crow QC

Contact
Email: c/o amy.higgins@lincolnsinn.org.uk
Phone: 020 7693 5101

Bio: St Paul’s Sch.; Magdalen Coll., Oxford (BA Modern Hist.). Called to the Bar, Lincoln’s Inn, 1981; Treasury Counsel (Chancery), 1994–98; First Treasury Counsel (Chancery), 1998–2006; Dep. High Court Judge, 2001–; QC 2006; Attorney General to the Prince of Wales, since 2006; a Judge of the Courts of Appeal of Jersey and Guernsey, since 2011.

Master of the Walks - The Rt Hon Sir Geoffrey Vos

Contact
Email: c/o amy.higgins@lincolnsinn.org.uk
Phone: 020 7693 5101

Bio: University College Sch., London; Gonville and Caius Coll., Cambridge (BA, MA; Hon. Fellow, 2015). Called to the Bar, Inner Temple, 1977, Bencher, 2009; Bencher, Lincoln’s Inn, 2000; QC 1993; Judge of Cts of Appeal of Jersey and Guernsey, 2005–09; Judge of Ct of Appeal of Cayman Islands, 2008–09; a Judge of the High Ct of Justice, Chancery Div., 2009–13; a Lord Justice of Appeal, 2013–16. Chm., Chancery Bar Assoc., 1999–2001 (Hon. Sec., 1994–97; Vice-Chm., 1997–99). Bar Council: Chm., Fees Collection Cttee, 1995–2004; Vice Chm., 2001–03, Chm., 2004–05, Professional Standards Cttee; Mem., Gen. Mgt Cttee, 2004–07; Vice Chm., 2006; Chm., 2007. Member: Panel on Fair Access to the Professions, 2009; Judicial Exec. Bd, 2016–. Pres., Eur. Network of Councils for the Judiciary, 2015–16. Trustee: Social Mobility Foundn, 2007–11 (Chm., 2008–11); Slynn Foundn, 2009–

The Immediate Past Treasurer is The Rt Hon Lord Justice Patten

Contact
Email: c/o amy.higgins@lincolnsinn.org.uk
Phone: 020 7693 5101

Bio: Tulse Hill Sch.; Christ Church, Oxford (Open Schol.; MA; BCL (1st Cl. Hons Jurisprudence)). Called to the Bar, Lincoln’s Inn, 1974, Bencher, 1997; QC 1988; a Dep. High Court Judge, 1998–2000; a judge of the High Court of Justice, Chancery Div., 2000–09. a Lord Justice of Appeal, since 2009 – present. Vice-Chancellor, Co. Palatine of Lancaster, 2005–08. Chm., Chancery Bar Assoc., 1997–99. Cham., Lincoln’s Inn Gardens Committee 2012-17, Lincoln’s Inn Wine Committee 2003-present.

The Under Treasurer as Chief Executive of the Inn is responsible for all facets of the Inn’s organisation and operation.

Under Treasurer

Anne Sharp CBE

Anne Sharp is the Under Treasurer (Chief Executive) of Lincoln’s Inn, which she joined in January 2019 from the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas), where she was CEO.

Anne’s earlier career in the Civil Service involved regulatory, policy, leadership and strategy experience across a wide range of topics and sectors. From 2009 to February 2013 Anne reported to the Lord Chief Justice as CEO of the Judicial Office, supporting judges and magistrates around the country.

Anne was awarded a CBE in the 2017 New Year’s Honours for services to workplace relations.