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Ordinary Dining Night

Saturday 24th of February 2024 17:45

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Middle Temple Hall


17:45 ~ Doors Open
17:55 ~ Doors Close for Lecture
18:00 ~ Lecture (one hour)
18:45 ~ Hall/Bench arrive for Reception
19:00 ~ Students join the Reception
19:20 ~ Doors Close for Dinner
19:30 ~ Dinner
Expected to end at approximately 21:30

Dress code

Business Attire (with Gowns for Called Members)

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Event Details

Priority booking for student members starting the Bar Course at a university outside of London (OOL) is available until noon on Monday 5 February. After this time, booking will be opened up to all members and guest tickets will be available (numbers permitting).

Lecture followed by reception and dinner

The lecture will be delivered by Bernard Richmond KC.

Client care:  real clients with real lives

The purpose of this session is to examine the challenges involved in dealing with real clients.  Real people do not fit into any stereotypical model and it is essential to learn how to advise professionally but sensitively, sometimes in very difficult circumstances.  This session will examine the practical and ethical issues which arise in client care and suggest skills which can be utilised.

Students and transferring lawyers need to attend the whole event including the lecture before dinner in order to claim a Qualifying Session. Other Members and Guests are of course most welcome to attend the lecture, or can attend the reception onwards.

Please note that there are certain rules and customs that members and guests are expected to observe when attending formal dinners at the Inn.

Who can Attend

Student/Hall Members: Up to 3 guests per member

Benchers: Guests welcome

Dietary Requirements

If you (or your guests) have any dietary requirements please ensure that you provide this information when you book tickets.  If you did not do so, please inform the Inn no later than 09:00 two working days before the event. 

If you (or your guests) are unsure about anything on the evening please speak to the events staff on duty.

Non-alcoholic alternatives will be provided on request.

Further details on dietary requirements

Qualifying Session Details

Further details of the QS Requirements and how to be credited with the QS for this session

Learning Aims

After this session, students should be able to:

  • Examine the challenges invloved in dealing with real clients
  • Assess the practical and ethical issues which arise in client care
  • Understand which skills can be utilised in client care.

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

The QS will align with these elements of the professional statement:

  • 3.1

View the BSB's Professional Statement

QS Feedback

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Bookings and Cancellations

Members of the Inn can buy 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 buy tickets from the Treasury Office by calling 020 7427 4800.

Unless the event sells out earlier, booking will close at 09:00 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.

View our Bookings and Cancellation Policies

Disabled Access and Support

If you have questions about accessibility at the Inn or if you would like to request support, please email Richard Frost.

The Inn is committed to improving access to all its services and encourages members to get in touch with suggestions and feedback on how we can improve. If you feel your experience using the website or attending one of our events could be improved, please email Richard. Your suggestions will be treated in the strictest confidence.

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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.