Hall Committee 2018 Elections

The voting period for the 2017 Hall Committee election has commenced and will conclude at 5pm on Monday 11 December 2017.

NINE candidates have been nominated this year and information on the candidates can be found below.

Votes can be cast by listing the names of up to FOUR of the candidates in an email to hallcommittee@middletemple.org.uk

Each post-Call member of Hall (i.e. not students or Benchers) may cast up to FOUR votes with each vote carrying equal weight.  A vote is not spoilt if fewer than four votes are cast.  No member may cast more than one vote for any one candidate.

The results of the election will be confirmed at the Hall Committee meeting of Thursday, 14 December 2017 and published online by no later than 5pm on Friday, 15 December 2017.

 

CANDIDATE PROFILES 

Chris Bates

 

I am running for Hall Committee as I believe it is important for the most junior people at the Bar to have a voice in the running of our Inn. Called in 2016 and starting pupillage in 2018, I am ideally placed to speak for my fellow junior members. I want to support Hall Committee and the Inn in tackling the issues currently facing the bar such as wellbeing, minimum pupillage awards, and defending the continuing relevancy of the Inn in a modern era of the Bar.  My interests include cooking, gaming, and binge watching Netflix.

 Imran Benson

Giles Bedloe 

 

The occasion of my tenth wedding anniversary has prompted me to re-engage with the Inn, the wonderful venue of our wedding reception, and repay the excellent foundation it gave me for practice. As a criminal practitioner, I am acutely aware of the challenges facing the publicly funded Bar. I also strongly believe in the fundamental value of quality advocacy training and professional education provided by our Inn that sets our profession apart. In dark times, the Inn should be the heart of our world and the central body that unites us notwithstanding our divergent fields of practice and self-employed status.

 John Brinsmead-Stockham Hall Committee

Marco Boldini 

 

As part of his current role as European Regulatory Counsel and Director at ETF Securities (UK) Ltd Marco serves as Chairman of the MiFID II Committee, as a permanent member of the Global Risk and Compliance Committee and of the Product Governance Committee. Being a fully qualified lawyer in various EU jurisdictions Marco has a solid knowledge of the different environments in which people operate and h can easily compare different legal systems and adopt those measures which can help any organisations to improve their internal processes. Marco has been nominated “Rising Star 2017” in the UK Legal market by the GC Powerlist Legal 500.

 

Ruth Kirby

 

I'm a barrister at 4pb doing family and court of protection law. I have been teaching advocacy at middle for about ten years. I'm very busy most of the time but my dad always said that the busier you are, the more you can do. I'm a fan of tradition of the Inns but think it's not as appealing to young people as it should be. Middle needs a successful bar and social scene. I'm happy to contribute to that. Outside the Bar, I'm a big rugby fan and sometimes can be a bit of a laugh!

 

Nariandra Maharaj 

 

I was called to the Bar at Middle Temple ("MT") in 2000 after many years of being an Accountant in my previous career. After an initial stage at the Self Employed Bar I joined the legal team at IBM and became a member of BACFI. I am currently a self-employed Legal Consultant. I also currently mentor King's College, London law students and newly qualified BACFI Barristers. I have been a regular member of MT and attend many functions and seminars which I have found very interesting and informative. I would like to join the Hall Committee in order to assist in carrying on the excellent work which has been done in the past and continues to be done by our members. As a member of BACFI I would like to encourage other MT BACFI members to participate in the Inn's activities and assist in whatever way I can to continue the successes achieved by the Inn and at the same time meet the objectives of the Committee.

Felicity McMahon 

I was called in 2008 and since 2012 have been practising at 5RB. Having been a co-opted member of Hall Committee for 2 years, I’m keen to continue as an elected member. I’m also on Membership Committee. I’ve been involved in organising the Survive & Thrive Series since its inception because I believe it’s important the Inn works for its members not only in their professional lives, but their lives as a whole. I believe access to the Bar and conditions for junior barristers are key concerns and if elected will continue to promote these issues. On Twitter I’m @bitofalegalgeek.

 

Lawrence Power 

 

I have a commercial and chancery practice in London in which I advise on regulation and compliance in ‘electronic jurisprudence’ and receive instructions from China, Hong Kong, Israel, Malaysia, Vietnam and the USA. In addressing new ways to develop and deliver legal services at the Bar, I opened chambers in April 2003 and have been Head of Chambers at 4KBW for over 13 successful years. We are a modern set and focus on providing first-rate services based on first class recruitment. My work within the Inns and through chambers is to support legal education from schools and universities to pupillage and I have been an advocacy trainer since 2013. Through work in The Citizenship Foundation’s mooting competition, I was asked to develop an educational TV piece which resulted in the BBC documentary “Legal Eagles” which went on to be nominated for both domestic and international awards in 2013 & 2014.

 

Nikki Singla 

 

I have been a member of the Middle Temple for nearly 20 years and have sat on Hall Committee for the last 3 years. I would like the opportunity to serve again. I hope to continue playing a part in the good work done to represent our members, making sure their voice is heard and to see how the Inn can help them in the challenging years ahead for all sections of the Bar.

 

 

 

Hermione Williams 

 

As a proud and committed member of the Inn, this would be an incredible honour for me and I would genuinely love to become part of the team and collaborate on furthering the objectives of the Inn. Becoming a barrister has been a vocation from a very young age and I am now immensely proud to be a member of the profession. I joined Middle Temple at only twenty years old and without question I owe my career to those at the Inn that supported me following my scholarship interviews. But for the scholarship and subsidised accommodation I would have been unable to qualify. Without doubt I am incredibly lucky and now that I have returned from working offshore I would like to start giving something back. I am robust, tenacious and creative, and will be a loyal and hard-working member.