QS: Sherrard Conversation | 7 June 2018


Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 17:25
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Sherrard Room, Ashley Building

17:25 ~ Doors Open
18:05 ~ Doors Close
18:15 ~ Presentation, followed by Q&A
19:15 ~ Drinks Reception

This event is expected to end at  approximately 20:30


The Sherrard Conversations will address legal issues of wider relevance to society. A member of the Inn, in conversation with an expert in the field from outside the legal profession, will introduce the subject of the day. Their conversation will be followed by an opportunity for Q&A and informal discussion over some refreshments.

"Dealing with the Glass Ceiling"

Lesley Abdela MBE

Lesley is a British expert on women's rights and representation. She has worked as an adviser in 40 different countries to governments and IGOs, NGOs and the European Commission.  Abdela is Senior Partner in Shevolution, a gender equality consultancy

Jessica Lee

Jessica Lee is a tenant at 1GC|Family Law. She was the Member of Parliament for Erewash 2010 – 2015, Parliamentary Secretary to the Attorney General and Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for pro bono.

PLEASE NOTE: There will be further conversations in this series.  Tickets will go on sale once dates are confirmed (provisional dates are 21 June and 2 July).

Dress Code:

Lounge Suit (No Gowns for Members)

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This event is for members only.

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.

For Middle Temple Benchers - this event counts as a Qualifying Session for Commons.

Please Note:

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

There are certain rules and customs that members are expected to observe when attending formal Qualifying Sessions at the Inn.  Click here for more details on dining rules and customs.

Data Protection & Photography at this Event:

Please be aware that photography, audio and video recording may take place at our events. These may be used for promotional purposes by the Inn, including in printed publications, on our website, and on our social media accounts. If you do not wish to have your photograph taken or to have images of you used, please alert the Membership Team at the start of the event. We are unable to guarantee that you will not be included in the background of photographs that are being taken. Contact: 020 7427 6385, members@middletemple.org.uk.

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Booking Tickets:

Members of the Inn can buy tickets online by clicking Clicking Here.  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 in person or by telephoning 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.

Ticket prices:

Student Member


Hall Member




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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.

Masters of the Bench - are reminded that cancellations received after 17:00 on the day before the event will incur the full cost of the Event. To cancel please contact 020 7427 6385 or email benchers@middletemple.org.uk