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Circuit Representation

When based geographically far, it is easy to feel isolated from life at the Inn. Traditionally most of the Inn’s services, facilities and the majority of our events have taken place in London. However, over the past year we have taken further steps to improve the accessibility of our provision for members, moving many Inn events and initiatives online during the pandemic.

We are keen to continue this hybrid offering of in-person and virtual events and continue to engage our members based further afield. However, we have also recognised that there is still much that could be done to enhance the Inn’s relationship with members on Circuit.

In 2019 the Treasurer appointed Representatives of the Circuits to enhance the visibility of the Inn on Circuit and allow barristers based outside of London to make the most of their membership with the Inn. The Representatives act as a line of communication between the Inn and members on Circuit. In addition, they inform, invent and introduce ways in which the Inn can increase engagement amongst members based outside of London.

Any upcoming Circuit events organised by the Representatives will be published on the What’s On section and communicated to those based on Circuit via email. We also have a dedicated booklet for members based outside of London, which can be accessed via this webpage. If you have any questions or suggestions for Circuit activities please contact your representatives above or email the Member Engagement Team.

Neil Chawla

Self-employed barrister at No5 Chambers.

Senior Representative of the Midlands Circuit and Bencher at the Inn.

The Hon Mr Justice Cotter

High Court Judge since 2021 previously a Senior Circuit Judge.

Senior Representative of the Western Circuit and Bencher at the Inn.

Stefan Fox

Self-employed barrister at Castle Gate Chambers.

Stefan is the Representative of the Midlands Circuit.

Laura Gould

Self-employed barrister, practising throughout the UK in employment, commercial and sports law from Kings Chambers in Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham.

BRC member since 2016 (elected 2020-2023). Laura co-chairs the Social Mobility sub-committee with Chris Loweth.

She represents Hall on the Pre-Call Education Committee and Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Committee.

In addition, Laura is the Representative of the Northern Circuit.

Mark Harper QC

Self-employed barrister at Kings Chambers.

Senior Representative of the Northern Circuit.

Theo Huckle QC

Self-employed barrister at Doughty Street Chambers.

Senior Representative of the Wales & Chester Circuit and Bencher at the Inn.

Nicholas Lumley QC

Self-employed barrister at New Park Court Chambers.

Senior Representative of the North Eastern Circuit.

Emma Southern

Self-employed family barrister at 3PB.

BRC member since 2018 (elected 2022-2025).

Emma represents Hall on the Chapel and Hospitality, Events and Dining Committee. She is also the Representative for the Western Circuit and a member of the Social & Wellbeing Group. 

Cerys Walters

Self-employed barrister at 9 Park Place. Cerys specialises in employment law.

Cerys is the Representative for the Wales & Chester Circuit.

Dr Christopher Wood

Self-employed barrister at Park Square Barristers.

Representative of the North Eastern Circuit.