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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.

Our Purpose

Based on centuries of tradition and the needs of the modern world, Lincoln’s Inn is an inclusive and diverse professional community, the purpose of which is to:

• support the rule of law and the effectiveness of the Bar through education, scholarships, qualification and other services;

• manage, use and enhance its historic estate in the heart of London for the benefit of members, tenants, residents, external customers and the wider public.

The Inn aims to achieve the highest standards in its service delivery and operations.

The Inn is committed to working in a way that is inclusive, collaborative, and positive.  We approach our work with professionalism and integrity.

Our People

The Masters of the Bench, generally referred to as Benchers, form the Council of Lincoln’s Inn, our governing body.  From their number are elected a Treasurer to head the Society each year and the Officers of the Inn.  The Benchers also form the majority membership of the Inn’s Bench Committees, which oversee the work of the Inn.  They are joined in this work by barrister members of the Inn, predominantly drawn from our Bar Representation Committee.

You can read more about our governance arrangements in the Governance section.

The Inn’s professional team is made up of over 120 employees, led by our Under Treasurer, Anne Sharp CBE.  The Under Treasurer as Chief Executive of the Inn is responsible for all facets of the Inn’s organisation and operation and she leads the Inn’s Executive Team:

Dr Rachel Hooper, Director of Services & Communications
Responsible for the Inn’s corporate services, events and hospitality function, security, gardens, projects and communications.

Philip Ardley, Director of Estates
Responsible for maintenance, letting, and major projects involving the Inn’s buildings and estate.

Faye Appleton, Director of Membership & Education
Responsible for member engagement, outreach, scholarships, and education & training programmes for students, pupils, and barristers.

Katie Shubrook, Finance Director
Responsible for management and oversight of the Inn’s finances & charities and information technology.

Nathalie Brule, HR Director
Responsible for management of our HR policies and processes.

Dunstan Speight, Librarian
Responsible for library services, our archives, and our collection of paintings, silver, and other valuables.

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 - Jonathan Crow QC

Contact

Email: Treasurer@lincolnsinn.org.uk 
Phone: 020 7693 5197

Jonathan Crow QC was called to the Bar by Lincoln’s Inn in 1981. He was Treasury Counsel (Chancery) from 1994 until 1998, and then First Treasury Counsel (Chancery) from 1998 until 2006, when he took silk. He was appointed as a Deputy High Court judge in 2001, as Attorney General to HRH the Prince of Wales in 2006, as a Court of Appeal judge in Guernsey and in Jersey in 2011, and as a Deputy Deemster in the Isle of Man in 2017. He was elected a Bencher in 1998, since when he has served on the Treasurer’s Committee and the University Liaison Executive Committee (2000-2004) and the Estates Committee and Building Executive Committee (2007-2013), the Finance and General Purposes Committee (2018-2021) and the Planning and Development Group from 2021.  He has been on the Committee of the Denning Society since its formation, taking on the Chairmanship in 2016.

Master of the Library - The Rt Hon Sir Geoffrey Vos

Contact

Email: c/o liz.carter@lincolnsinn.org.uk
Phone: 020 7693 5197

The Rt Hon Sir Geoffrey Vos was called to the Bar by Inner Temple in 1977 and joined Lincoln’s Inn ad eundem in 1979. Sir Geoffrey took up his appointment as Master of the Rolls and Head of Civil Justice in England and Wales on 11 January 2021. As President of the Court of Appeal’s Civil Division, the Master of the Rolls is responsible for the deployment and organisation of the work of the judges as well as presiding in its courts, often hearing the most complex cases across the full range of civil, family and tribunal matters.  Prior to this role he was Chancellor of the High Court of England and Wales having previously been appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal in 2013 and acted as President of the European Network of Councils for the Judiciary from June 2014 to June 2016. He was appointed a Justice of the High Court in October 2009. He sat as a judge internationally, in the Courts of Appeal of Jersey and Guernsey between 2005 and 2009, and in the Court of Appeal of the Cayman Islands between 2008 and 2009, having begun his judicial career as a deputy High Court Judge in 1999. He was the Chairman of the Chancery Bar Association from 1999 to 2001 and of the Bar Council in 2007, having taken silk in 1993 after a career practising at the Chancery-Commercial Bar, both domestically and internationally. He is an Honorary Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge and a Trustee of the Slynn Foundation.  He was elected a Bencher in 2000. He sits on the Wine Committee and previously served on the Admission, Call and Pupillage Committee and Finance and General Purposes Committee.

Keeper of the Black Book and Dean of Chapel - The Rt Hon Lord Briggs of Westbourne

Contact
Email: c/o liz.carter@lincolnsinn.org.uk 
Phone: 020 7693 5197

Lord Briggs practised in commercial and chancery work before being appointed to the High Court in 2006. He was the judge in charge of the extensive Lehman insolvency litigation from 2009 to 2013. He was appointed as a Lord Justice of Appeal in 2013. In January 2016 he was appointed Deputy Head of Civil Justice. He became a Justice of The Supreme Court in October 2017. He was elected a Bencher in 2001. He became Chair of the Chapel Committee last year having been a member since 2002. He previously served on the Advisory (Benchers) Committee and the Rent Executive Committee.

Master of the Walks - The Hon Sir Paul Morgan

Contact
Email: c/o liz.carter@lincolnsinn.org.uk
Phone: 020 7693 5197

Paul Morgan was called to the Bar by Lincoln’s Inn in 1975 and took silk in 1992. He specialised in property law. He was appointed a High Court Judge in 2007 and was assigned to the Chancery Division. He retired as a judge in September 2021 and now practises as an arbitrator and mediator from Wilberforce Chambers. He was elected as a bencher in 2001 and in the past he has served as Chair of the Estates Committee and as a member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee and the Pre-Call Committee. He is now Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee and a member of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

The Immediate Past Treasurer is The Rt Hon Sir David Richards

Contact
Email: c/o liz.carter@lincolnsinn.org.uk

The Rt Hon Sir David Richards was called to the Bar in 1974 by Inner Temple and joined Lincoln’s Inn in 1977. He was in practice at the Bar from 1975 to 2003 and took silk in 1992. He was appointed a High Court Judge in 2003. On 16 November 2015 he was appointed as a Lord Justice of Appeal before retiring in June 2021. He was elected a Bencher in 2000. He was a longstanding member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee and served as its Chairman from 2014-2019. He is a Director of the Inn’s Corporate Trust, a Trustee of the Heritage Fund, a member of PADG and the Wine Committee.

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.