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MTSA Event | Black History Month: Stories of the Bar | 24 October 2018

Wednesday 24th of October 2018 18:00

This event is a qualifying session and is worth 1 point
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The MTSA 2018 is hosting its last Qualifying session celebrating Black History month. Join us to hear from an exceptionally talented panel.

Tickets are FREE but must be booked in advance.

18:00 ~ Doors Open
18:25 ~ Doors Close 
18:30 ~ Introduction 
19:00 ~ Panel testimonials 
20:00 ~ Q & A 
20:30 ~ Drinks & canapés reception

This event is expected to end at approximately 21:30

If you cannot make the event a livestream will be available here.


Middle Temple Hall

Dress Code:

Lounge Suit (No Gowns for Members)

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Event Details: 

Learn about the journey of black history, and the profound effect the law has had on shaping the society we live in today.  

The evening will consist of panel testimonials, question and answer segments and a drinks reception. We look forward to seeing you all there.

We have an esteemed host of speakers: 

  • Danielle Cohen, founder of Danielle Cohen Immigration solicitors, a boutique firm specialising in intricate and niche immigration and human rights matters. Danielle has been a long standing advocate for women's right for over 20 years. She has also been shortlisted by the Law Society as the Human Rights Lawyer of the year for their Excellence Awards 2018.
  • Courtenay Griffiths QC of 25 Bedford Row Chambers, specialises in criminal defence, from terrorist cases like the Harrods bombing. To trials of genocide, crimes against humanity and other war crimes, in international courts. Courtenay Griffiths QC also provides advice and representation in international Arbitration matters involving money laundering. 
  • Richard Honey of Francis Taylor Building Chambers. Specialises in planning & environment, Public and EU Law. Mr Honey will be speaking about the Sierra Leonian Initiative which seeks to train barristers and judges in Sierra Leone. As well as supporting Probono projects that provide representation for those unfairly prosecuted within the jurisdiction.
  • Stephen Lue of Garden Court Chambers deals with a wide range of areas from public & private children law, ancillary relief and domestic violence. Representing applications concerning complex assets in multiple jurisdictions. Stephen also handles child abduction cases involving The Hague Convention.
  • Dr Tunde Okewale MBE is a leading barrister at the Criminal Bar. Undertaking appellant work in the Court of Appeal and Administrative Court. As well as advising companies in relation to money laundering and anti corruption regulations. 
  • Monifa Walters-Thompson of Garden Court. Specialises in Family law acting in both public and private law matters. Representing local authorities and children with specialist needs.
  • Helen Valley of 25 Bedford Row practises in serious complex crime, including fraud, firearms and drugs. She is Chambers Pupillage co-ordinator and a member of the Criminal Bar Association. Playing an influential role in proposed reforms. 
  • Alexandra Wilson is currently a pupil barrister at 5 St Andrews Hill. A phenomenal criminal set. Alexandra studied at Oxford University, a Queens Scholar, and a fierce advocate for equality & diversity.


Guests welcome.

This event is open to members of all Inns.

Qualifying Session Details:

For Middle Temple students and transferring lawyers - this event counts as one Qualifying Session.  To be awarded the QS for this event you are required to arrive on time and attend all elements of this event (please see timings at the top of this page).  You must hand your ticket to the Front of House staff on duty on arrival.  Failure to do so will mean that the QS will not be awarded. Click here for more details on qualifying sessions.

Please Note:

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Booking Tickets:

Student Members of the Inn can book tickets online by clicking ‘Add to Cart’.  Please note that you must log in to book (if you have not yet created a log-in please register first).  Alternatively you can book tickets from the Treasury Office in person or by telephoning 020 7427 4800.

Members of other Inns can book tickets via the Treasury Office on 020 7427 4800.

Unless the event sells out earlier, booking will close at 16:00 on the day of the event.

Please note: You cannot book a ticket online for another member of the Inn if that member needs the Qualifying Session assigned to their record. They must log in and book their own ticket, or alternatively contact the Treasury Office.


Student/Hall Members - To cancel a ticket please contact the Treasury Office on 020 7427 4800.  A full refund will only be processed where a ticket is cancelled 2 clear working days or more before the event