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Bar Representation Committee

The Bar Representation Committee (BRC) plays a prominent representative role within the Inn. The Committee exists to provide representation on behalf of those who have been called by the Inn who have not been elected Masters of the Bench, also known as members of Hall. The Committee currently (as of January 2022) has 23 members, reflective of the Inn’s diverse membership.

Members of the Committee sit on most of the Inn’s Bench Committees and play an active role in the governance of the Inn; having an input into Inn’s responses to Bar Council proposals and a say in strategic issues such as the management of the Inn’s property, finances and investment, as well as education, admissions, and scholarships.

The Committee meets six times a year to discuss issues which have arisen and to represent the views of members of Hall on matters which affect them at the Inn.

There are currently three Sub-Committees of the Bar Representation Committee:

Zoë Barton QC - Chair

Chancery barrister at Wilberforce Chambers in London specialising in property, trusts and relied professional negligence.

Representation on Bench Committees and other groups

At least one representative from the Bar Representation Committee (BRC) sits on each of the Inn’s Bench Committees. This ensures that issues that affect bar members are being raised.

You can view and download the Chair’s Report on 2021 activities from this page.

Committee or Organisation

BRC member(s)

Advisory (Benchers)

Zoë Barton
Philip Bennetts QC
Chris Loweth
Timothy Lyons QC

Bar wine

to be filled by Chair on ad hoc basis

Chapel

Georgina Blower
Maxwell Myers
James Manning
Emma Southern

Chattels

Rafey Altaf
James Manning

Estates

Zoë Barton QC
Edmund Burge QC

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

Laura Gould
Chris Loweth

Finance & General Purposes

Zoë Barton QC
Dilpreet Dhanoa

Gardens

James Manning
Rifat Rahman

Hospitality, Events and Dining

Tariq Mahmood
George Payne
Emma Southern

Investment

Dilpreet Dhanoa
Timothy Lyons QC

Library

Imogen Sadler
Tariq Mahmood
James Manning

Planning and Development Group

Chair

Post-Call Education

Ben Hamer
Alice Hawker
Nadeem Holland

Pre-Call Education

Laura Gould
Mohammad Pansota
George Payne
Amar Saeed Sheikh

Regulatory Panel

Timothy Lyons QC

Scholarships

Philip Bennetts QC
Maxwell Myers
Ayan Mustafa Memon

Staff

Ben Hamer
Laureen Husain

Bar Council

TBC

Social Mobility Sub-Committee

Chairs: Chris Loweth & Laura Gould

Members:

Brynmor Adams
His Honour Judge Afzal CBE
Honor Brocklebank-Fowler
Edmund Burge QC
Rabby Fozlay
Nadeem Holland
Elizabeth Isaacs QC
Tariq Mahmood
Susanna McGibbon
Rifat Rahman

Social and Wellbeing Group (SWG)

Chairs: Laureen Husain & Linda Turnbull

Members:
Ben Hamer
Nadeem Holland
Emma Southern
Julie Whitby
The Venerable Sheila Watson

Junior Members Committee (JMC)

Chairs: Ben Hamer & Hazel Jackson

Members:

Wendy Banks
Leo Graves
Craig Fahey
Adam Kayani
Maxwell Myers
Rifat Rahman
Imogen Sadler
Olivia Waddell

Want to get involved?

An Annual General Meeting (AGM) of all members of Hall usually takes place in mid-November. In addition, members of Hall are very welcome to attend* the open section of an ordinary Committee meeting to observe. Meetings are usually organised hybrid, both at the Inn and via Zoom. Alternatively, we are happy to provide copies of minutes of meetings on request. You can request a copy by emailing brc@lincolnsinn.org.uk.

* ‘To attend’ means to observe, e.g. there is no right to participate and you may be asked to leave at any time. Prior booking is essential, so please reserve your place by emailing the BRC Secretary via brc@lincolnsinn.org.uk.

Meeting Dates

Meetings normally start at 5:30 pm. They usually take place in the Ashworth Centre and via Zoom.

2022

  •  Wednesday 12 January
  •  Wednesday 16 March
  • Monday 16 May
  • Monday 18 July
  • Monday 3 October
  • Wednesday 9 November
  • Thursday 8 December – Christmas Drinks

Committee Rules

The rules of Lincoln’s Inn Bar Representation Committee (BRC) can be found here. We have also adopted rules for BRC elections, for both candidates standing and voters. The election rules can be found here.

 

Election

Please note, the 2021 election is now closed and votes will no longer be accepted.

You can find the election rules here and further information about the Committee and election on this page.

During the last election, we received disturbing reports that at least one of the candidates for election was subject to intimidation by a group of members in an attempt to get that individual to withdraw their candidacy in favour of another person in the same category. The Inn takes very seriously any behaviour that it is intended or likely to block participation in our elections or that goes beyond normal campaigning and attempts to improperly influence the outcome of elections. As a result the Committee have adopted rules for future BRC elections, for both candidates standing and voters.

We invite all members to have the courage to report to the Inn any concerns about the conduct of candidates, their supporters or other members at elections@lincolnsinn.org.uk in order that such ignominious conduct can be stopped and prevented in future.  All reports will be examined, in confidence as far as possible and appropriate, and if determined to be well-founded may result in a number of measures, including but not limited to: exclusion from involvement in the Inn’s functions and activities and/or the Inn reporting the matter to the Bar Standards Board and other relevant regulatory authorities.

Individuals who feel that they have been subject to harassment or inappropriate conduct in connection with the activities of the Inn (or witnesses to the harassment of others) should also refer to the Inns of Court Anti-Harassment Policy. You can find further information on the Diversity and Inclusion webpage.