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The Confidence Trick: how to play, how to win [IN-PERSON] | Dr Anna Colton and Jessica Chivers | a Talent Retention and Survive & Thrive event

Thursday 30th of June 2022 17:30

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Middle Temple Hall


17:30 - Doors Open
18:00 - Lecture followed by Q&A
19:00 - Drinks Reception
This event is expected to end at approximately 20:30

Dress code

Business Attire (No Gowns for Members)

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Event Details

Non-members can book through the Treasury Office at 020 7427 4800. Middle Temple members can book through the website. 

This event is taking place in Middle Temple Hall AND will be streamed live. This page is for tickets to attend in-person. To book a ticket to attend in person CLICK HERE. We will not be able to admit anyone into the Hall with a virtual ticket.

For those attending in-person please note that bookings are open at full capacity and social distancing will no longer be in place.

Members and students from all four Inns of Court, non-members, and guests are welcome to attend this event.

This event is sponsored by 3 Verulam Buildings and One Essex Court.

Non-members can book through the Treasury Office at 020 7427 4800. Middle Temple members can book through the website.

Join us for a lively panel discussion where Dr Colton and Jessica Chivers will talk about confidence, how to build self-belief, overcome self-doubt and tackle imposter syndrome. Successive reports about the retention of talent at the Bar have found a common theme – these feelings are holding many of us back. In this discussion our speakers will address why we experience changes in confidence and, more importantly, what you can do to build and maintain it.

We encourage questions for the speakers to be submitted in advance to (these will be read out anonymously) and there will be an opportunity to ask questions on the night too. We will host a reception with drinks and canapes after the session.

Tickets for this event are free of charge, but registration is required.

Dr Anna Colton is a chartered clinical psychologist and executive coach with many years experience in both the NHS and private practice.

Anna works closely with the Bar and law firms. She consults to Institute of Barristers Clerks and sets of barristers chambers on wellbeing and mental health, delivering talks, running regular surgeries and advising on, or writing, wellbeing policies. She runs Mental Health First Aid training and assists with setting up effective and robust wellbeing teams within chambers and law firms so that difficulties are spotted early and intervention accessed quickly and effectively so that crises are pre-empted and avoided. She also coaches solicitors, barristers, clerks and other high performers on a one to one basis.

In addition to her practice in the legal world, Anna has particular expertise in performance anxiety and stage fright in high performers (in all fields: the law, business, sport, the screen and stage). She has worked with the leads in many West End shows, works with the British Association of Performing Artists and Musicians (BAPAM), is the psychologist on Matilda the musical and consults to theatre companies.

Finally, She can often be seen or heard on the TV and radio, discussing a range of topics, advocating for early intervention in mental health.

Jessica Chivers is a coaching psychologist, author and CEO of The Talent Keeper Specialists.

The Talent Keeper Specialists are on a mission to keep everyone everywhere feeling confident, connected and cared for when they take extended leave from work. They work with clients such as BlackRock, ITV and the CIPD to maximise the potential of returning talent.

Aged about nine she asked her mum whether “woman” was a contraction of “womb” and “man” and why women couldn’t have a name of their own. Her mother delighted in her thinking but didn’t have an answer. Growing up watching LA Law, Dynasty and hard-hitting documentaries (under the guidance of her liberal, teacher mother) she decided age 11 that she would become a lawyer and free women on death row in the U.S. for killing their abusive partners.

Jessica read psychology and started her career on a City graduate programme before working with The Mind Gym and pursuing a career as a coaching psychologist. Her first book Mothers Work! How to Get a Grip on Guilt and Make a Smooth Return to Work has been dubbed “THE book employers should giving all their women returners” by Professor Karen Pine.

See Jessica discussing agile working on BBC Breakfast and working parents on Sky News

Who can Attend

Members and students from all four Inns of Court, non-members, and guests.

Dietary Requirements

Non-alchoholic beverages will be available.

Qualifying Session Details

Click here to see details of the QS Requirements and how to be credited with the QS for this session

Learning Outcomes:

After this session, students should be able to:

  • Identify ways to improve professional confidence.
  • Recognise imposter syndrom and how to combat it.

Links to the Professional Statement, wider workings of the Bar, administration of justice or a public interest matter

This event aims to promote wellbeing, thereby supporting the work of barristers by focusing on improving professional confidence.

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Unless the event sells out earlier, booking will close at 12:00 two working days before the event.  


Where we have a waiting list we will offer your ticket to someone else, so please do cancel your ticket if you are no longer able to attend by emailing

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Times and details for this event are subject to change. Please check this webpage for the most up to date information.