Survive and Thrive Programme: People Management: how to manage up, down and sideways


Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 17:30
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Middle Temple Hall

17:30 – Reception

18:00 – Presentations start

19:00 – Reception and networking with the speakers


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A barrister is expected to lead, manage and be managed throughout their career, but is unlikely to have anyone formally reporting to them. This can mean they are overlooked when it comes to leadership and management training and often find they are ill-equipped when it comes to dealing with tricky situations involving clerks, junior barristers, leading counsel and clients.

For QCs and judges: you may get to a point in your career where the idea of nurturing talented junior barristers appeals to you. How do you adapt your skillset to impart advice based on your years of experience, but in a way that isn’t seen as preaching? How can you take a more liberal approach to mentoring, which may well cross areas that you yourself wouldn’t have taken note of in your career?

During this event, we will take attendees – whether they lead up, down or sideways – through a practical guide on:

  • How to better communicate when managing and being managed
  • How to manage difficult behaviour
  • How to work alongside and report to difficult individuals
  • How to praise individuals
  • How to nurture talented individuals


Speaker 1 – The Baroness Deech DBE

Ruth Deech is a British academic, lawyer bioethicist and politician. In 2002, she was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE), in recognition of her work at the HFEA. 2005, it was announced by the House of Lords Appointments Commission that she would be made a life peer, sitting as a Crossbencher. She was chair of the Bar Standards Board for 6 years.

Speaker 2 – Jay Connolly

Jay Connolly is the global chief talent officer for Dentons and responsible for the human resources, recruiting and learning/professional development functions, delivering best practices and ensuring consistent standards across all geographies. Jay has lived in the US, UK and Europe and built extensive experience working across the Middle East and Asia. Jay previously worked as in global HR for Clifford Chance.

Speaker 3 – Nick Hill

Nick Hill has been a barristers’ clerk for more than 30 years and a senior clerk since 1999. In addition to his chambers work, Nick is the chairman of the Institute of Barristers' Clerks. Nick has a particular interest in mental health, and has been a member of the Wellbeing at the Bar working group since its inception and is a regular speaker on the topic.

Moderator – Jonathan Jones

Jonathan Jones is the Treasury Solicitor, HM Procurator General and Head of the Government Legal Service. He was previously Director General of the Home Office Legal Adviser’s Branch from 2012 to 2014, Deputy Treasury Solicitor from 2009 to 2012 and Director General of the Attorney General’s Office from 2004 to 2009. Jonathan began his career with the Government Legal Service, as an adviser on competition law with the Office of Fair Trading. He later held legal adviser posts in the Department of Transport, HM Treasury and the Department for Education. He is an accredited advocacy trainer and undertakes advocacy and ethics training for members of the employed Bar.

Dress Code:

Smart Casual


Guests are welcome for the price of £15

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