Ensuring that the interests of members are represented is central to the Inn’s governance. There are many ways that members can contribute to the governance of the Inn, including becoming a Bencher, being elected to the Bar Representation Committee and being appointed a Circuit Master or Representative.
Governance of the Inn
The work of developing the Inn’s policy and monitoring implementation is carried out by the Inn’s committees. Council is responsible for the oversight of the Inn’s functions and the election of new Benchers, but the detailed oversight of the Inn’s operations is carried out by these Committees. The Committees are chaired by Benchers of the Inn.
Bar Representation Committee
Benchers make up the majority of our Committee members but the Benchers are joined in carrying out their governance of the Inn by the Bar Representation Committee (BRC). This Committee exists to provide representation of the views of our Called members who have not been elected Benchers. BRC members sit on almost all the Inn’s Standing Committees, where they play an active role in the governance of the Inn.
Members based outside of London also have their own dedicated Circuit Masters and Representatives, who have been appointed to engage with members based outside of London and ensure that the needs of members based outside of London are represented at the Inn. In addition, they inform, invent and introduce ways in which the Inn can increase engagement amongst members based outside of London.