Committee Biographies

   

HHJ Christine Henson QC

Christine Henson was called to the Bar in 1994 and, after completing 12 months pupillage at William Clegg QC's chambers, was offered tenancy. She remained at 2 Bedford Row in London practicing exclusively in criminal law until a life changing injury in 2000 led to an enforced career break. During her recovery, Christine carried out a number of roles including criminal law lecturer and working as a management consultant in the city. Christine returned to the Bar after the birth of her first child, joining 1 Crown Office Row, where her practice included criminal and regulatory law. Christine was appointed a Recorder in 2012 and after taking silk, was appointed a full time Circuit Judge in 2015.

 

Francis McGrath

Francis was called to the Bar in 1995 and is a member of 23 Essex Street. Francis practices criminal law in London and across the Southeast.

 

 

 Juliette Levy Hall Committee

Nikki Singla QC

Nikki Singla was called to Bar in 2000 and practises from Wilberforce Chambers, specialising in commercial and chancery work. He joined the Middle Temple in 1998 and was awarded the Queen Mother’s Scholarship.

 Lucy McCormick Hall Committee

Felicity McMahon

Felicity McMahon was called to the Bar by Middle Temple in 2008 and since 2012 has been a tenant at 5RB specialising in defamation, privacy, data protection, reporting restrictions and related areas of law.

Felicity is also a member of the Membership Committee, and has been involved in organising Middle Temple’s Survive & Thrive Programme. Having benefitted from a Middle Temple scholarship, she is pleased to be able to contribute to the Inn and work for the membership.

Felicity can be found on Twitter at @BitOfALegalGeek

 Louise McCullough Hall Committee

Karen Reid

Karen was called to the bar in 2010 and practices as a tenant in public law, with a particular focus on immigration, at the 36 Group. Before being elected to hall committee Karen was President of the Middle Temple Young Barrister’s Association and still takes a keen interest in promoting the interests of junior members of the profession.

 

 

 

 

 

Lauren Suding

Lauren Suding was called to the Bar in 2015. She practices in a range of areas including in family, housing and employment law at Field Court Chambers. Before she came to the Bar, Lauren spent over 10 years in financial services in the US and UK, as a banker and equity research analyst at JPMorgan in New York and as Executive Director at Oppenheimer in London. Lauren currently serves as Treasurer of the Middle Temple Young Barristers' Association (MTYBA) and previously served as Education & Welfare Officer of the Middle Temple Students' Association (MTSA).

Jennifer Moles

 

Jennifer Moles is a Second Six Pupil at Chartlands Chambers in Northampton, practising in Family and Civil law. Prior to commencing pupillage, Jennifer worked as a County Court advocate. She has a particular interest in domestic violence work and have been a Board Member of Women’s Aid in Northampton for the past year. Jennifer additionally works as a volunteer advocate for the Schools Consent Project, delivering workshops to secondary school children on the law surrounding sexual consent. In her spare time, Jennifer loves singing at acoustic nights, making pancakes and organising charity events.

Ryan Turner

Ryan joined Middle Temple as an undergraduate student, and was called to the Bar in July 2016. During his BPTC year, Ryan was elected as President of the Middle Temple Students' Association which meant that he sat on several committees of the Inn and was the student representative on the Inn's Amity Visit to Singapore. He is due to commence pupillage at Keating Chambers in September 2017. Like many youthful 20-somethings, Ryan's main interests are gardening, reading, playing snooker and watching horse racing.

Christopher Bates

Called to the Bar in 2015, Chris commences pupillage in 2018 at Lamb Building. Having benefited from a Middle Temple Scholarship, Chris is keen to help empower people from underrepresented backgrounds to succeed at the Bar. In his spare time, Chris volunteers with the Temple Music Foundation as well as indulging in his favourite hobby, cooking. 

Michael Harwood

Michael is the President of the Middle Temple Young Barristers' Association (MTYBA) for 2018 and has served on the MTYBA committee for several years prior to this. Michael is committed to representing the interests of all the Inn's junior members, with a particular focus on promoting positive mental health and wellbeing.

Michael is currently a lawyer at the HM Treasury.

Matthew McDonagh

Matthew was called to the Bar in 1994 and practices in regulatory and professional discipline cases, sports law and criminal law from Outer Temple Chambers. Matthew is passionately involved in advocacy training and mentoring and sits as the Hall Committee Representative on the Education and Training Committee.

Simon Rowbotham

 

Lawrence Power

 

Lawrence is the Head of Chambers at Whitestone Chambers and has been for over 15 years.  Lawrence has built a strong commercial and chancery practice.  He regularly advises on complex international disputes that take him all over the globe. 

Lawrence studied Law at the University of Nottingham where he went on to complete an LLM.  He was then called to the Bar of England and Wales by the Honourable Society of Middle Temple in 1995 and to the Bar of Northern Ireland in 2005. He is currently lead counsel for RAFA Shoreham regarding the Shoreham Air Disaster and is working on the leading case regarding secondary ticketing and the O2 arena.  Lawrence has also successfully obtained leave from the Supreme Court of the Falkland Islands to challenge the decision of the Director of Fishers of South Georgia as regards the issuing of Patagonian Toothfish licences worth $75 million each.

Giles Bedlow

Ruth Kirby

I was a journalist, a cycle courier and an expert witness before joining the self employed Bar too many years ago to remember. I remain a barrister at 4pb chambers doing children and Court of Protection work. 

I have been teaching advocacy at Middle Temple for about ten years and recently joined the Hall Committee to try to contribute a little more to the running of the Inn which I admire and appreciate but which I believe needs energy and originality to remain relevant and to be more utilised by its members than I believe it currently is. 

I'm very busy most of the time but will try to do my bit. Call me if there is anything I can assist with and I will see what I can do to help. 

Outside of the Bar, I'm a big (Munster) rugby fan and a bit of a chatter

Nariandra Maharaj

I was called to the Bar at Middle Temple ("MT") in 2000 after several years of being an Accountant in my previous career. After an initial stage at the Self Employed Bar I joined the legal team at IBM and became a member of BACFI. I am currently a self-employed Legal Consultant. I also currently mentor King's College, London law students and newly qualified BACFI Barristers. As a member of MT I attend many functions and seminars which I have found very interesting and informative.  As a new Member  of the Hall Committee and a member of BACFI I would like to encourage all Members of MT including MT BACFI members to participate in the Inn's activities and assist in whatever way I can to continue the successes achieved by the Inn and at the same time meet the objectives of the Hall Committee.

Rebecca de Hoest

I am a third six pupil at Serjeants’ Inn chambers. I was called to the Bar in 2015 as an Astbury Scholar, and then worked for two years at the Bank of England, including in the ‘Brexit’ legal team. I have benefitted from invaluable advocacy training and financial support from the Middle Temple through the 2016 VIS moot and various essay competitions.

I mentor LLM and BPTC students and am keen to expose these young lawyers to similar career-changing opportunities. In my spare time, I sing with the Bar Choral Society, rock climb, and attempt long-distance running.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jo Morris

Called in 2003, I benefitted from the Inn's training and I am keen to repay some of the Inn's generosity.

I am a Middle Temple advocacy trainer. I assist with training upon the pupil's course and at Cumberland Lodge.

I hope that I can contribute to the Hall Committee. I ran the Pupillage department at Church Court Chambers until 2017 just before my departure in 2018 to Charter Chambers. I have been appointed to the Working Group of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers where I am contributing to the creation of a Code of Conduct for members of this new tribunal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alexandra Wilson

Alexandra Wilson is the first Queen’s scholar of Middle Temple. She graduated in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from University College, Oxford in 2016. Alexandra was the Access and Equal Opportunities officer at University College. She then studied for her Graduate Diploma in Law and has recently completed an LLM BPTC at BPP University.

Alexandra is currently completing her pupillage at 5 St Andrew’s Hill. Her pupillage is in criminal law and she hopes to specialise in serious crime and youth offending. In her blog ‘EssexToOxford’, aimed at aspiring students, Alexandra shares her experiences and challenges in her journey to the Bar.

 

 

 

 

Rebecca Reynolds

Having been fortunate enough to be awarded the Lord Diplock Scholarship to undertake my BPTC I was subsequently called in 2016. Alongside my scholarship, the Inn has been incredibly supportive throughout my training, providing networking opportunities and initiating professional introductions.

I would like to pay back to the Inn by being part of the Hall Committee so that the Inn can continue, and develop further, its work. This is especially for those with disabilities such as me, but also for those undertaking their BPTC outside of London.