How we operate
The Masters of the Bench, generally referred to as Benchers, form the Council of Lincoln’s Inn, our governing body. The Inn undertakes a number of regulated activities in relation to qualification for the Bar. Further details on our governance and regulation are set out below.
In addition, the four Inns of Court collaborate via the Council of the Inns of Court (COIC). This body co-ordinates work that the four Inns of Court undertake jointly. It is chaired by a President and comprises the Treasurers, Under Treasurers, and nominated Trustees of the Inns. The Bar Council and BSB also attend COIC meetings. COIC is also responsible for administering the Bar Tribunals and Adjudication Service (BTAS), the Inns’ Conduct Committee (ICC), and the Inns of Court College of Advocacy (ICCA).
Council meets ten times a year and during the year the activities of Council are carried out through a number of Standing Committees.
The Officers of the Inn are elected annually.
Standing Orders is the document by which rules and guidance is stated in relation to the administration of the Society. Benchers will find a copy available in the Benchers’ Area.
Members of the Inn may request a copy from Amy Higgins, Manager, Bench Administration or locate a copy in the Library.
The Inn has a number of roles and responsibilities in relation to the education, training, and qualification of barristers of England and Wales. The rules and regulations that govern these roles and responsibilities are set out in a number of places, namely:
- BSB Handbook (Part 4: Qualification Rules)
- Bar Qualification Manual (Part 3: The Role of the Inns)
- Memorandum of Understanding between the Inns and the BSB, including Schedule 1: Guidelines for Fit and Proper Person Checks, Schedule 2: Qualifying Sessions Framework, Schedule 3: Data Sharing Protocol, and Schedule 4: Assurance Framework
- Joint Inns’ Education and Qualification Rules
There are transitional arrangements in place for students who commenced the Bar Course prior to 1 June 2020, students who started undertaking qualifying sessions prior to 1 June 2020, and transferring lawyers admitted prior to 1 September 2020. Please refer to the tables in the Joint Inns’ Education and Qualification Rules for further information.