Committee Biographies

Juliette Levy (Chair)

Juliette Levy was called in 1992 and practises chancery/commercial and telecommunications law from Cerulean Chambers.  She has been a member of the Hall Committee since 2012, was elected Vice-Chair for 2013, 2014 and Chair for 2016 and 2017.  Juliette will continue in the position of Chair in 2018.

Juliette considers it vital that Hall Committee understand the needs and interests of the ordinary members of Middle Temple so it can best serve them. Please feel free to contact her by email at juliette.levy@ceruleanchambers.co.uk or via twitter @JulietteLevy16 

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Alistair Wilson QC

Alastair Wilson has been a barrister for far too long, since 1968. He practises mainly in IP with sidelines in privacy and IT, and lectures occasionally at Birkbeck University. He has also been a Recorder (mainly criminal) since 1996. He joined the Hall Committee because he thought that after all these years it was about time he did something useful for the Inn. He is not interested in sport, but enjoys taking clocks to pieces and mending them.

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Tina Cook QC

I was called in Middle Temple in 1988. I was privileged to receive several Middle Temple awards as a Student without which I would have struggled financially though Bar School and Pupillage. I am now a resident in Middle Temple and Head of Chambers at 42 Bedford Row. I practice in public law child care dealing with difficult factual disputes and acting for Local Authorities, Parents and children.

James Keeley (Vice Chair)

James Keeley is an expert conducting sexual offences cases. James is passionate about Middle Temple and bringing on the next generation of advocates and is a trainer of Advocacy at Middle Temple and has judged moots at Bar School.  James is an elected member of the Bar Council, serves on both the Bar and Middle Temple's Council Equality, Diversity and Social Mobility Committees and is also a member of the Criminal Bar Association Executive Committee. Outside of the law, James is very keen on long distance running. James will serve as Vice Chair of the Committee in 2018.

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.

 

 

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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.

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Klentiana Mahmutaj

Klentiana was called to the Bar in 2005 and practises from Red Lion Chambers, Chambers of Max Hill QC where she specialises in criminal law and international law. As a member of the Hall Committee, she is particularly interested in promoting the Inn’s international role as a vehicle for networking and professional opportunities for its members.

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

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

Shannon Revel

Shannon is a junior tenant at Great James Street Chambers in London specialising in Crime and Extradition. Shannon is a member of the working group responsible for organising the Inn’s Mentoring Scheme which aims to promote supported professional development to barrister members post pupillage. Shannon’s main areas of interest on Hall Committee are in wellbeing at the bar, social mobility and increasing access to the profession to those from non-traditional backgrounds.

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.

Emma Hughes (MTSA President)

Emma is the President of the MTSA for the 2017/2018 academic year; prioritising support and opportunities for MTSA members to progress in their pursuit of a career at the bar. As a Jules Thorn Scholar, Emma encourages others from humble backgrounds that anything is possible, and the Inn is here to help make aspirations a reality. As a mature student and single mother Emma seeks to encourage others that it is never too late to follow your dreams.

Emma is passionate about Women’s Rights and achievements. Striving to raise awareness of issues such as FGM, persecution for academic achievement, and being an advocate for diversity and equality. Emma’s interest in the law was sparked early in life and was fuelled by her time in Africa, learning about the Apartheid and laws such as The Prohibition of Mixed marriages Act 1949. Emma was inspired by Nelson Mandela’s campaign to have the Act repealed, especially as she is of dual heritage.

Emma received a 1st class LLB from West London University and is currently studying the BPTC with LLM at BPP Law School.

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.

HHJ Euan Ambrose (Judicial Rep)

 

James Trumble

James is a former solicitor who moved to the Bar in 2006. He is in chambers in the Temple, from where he practises personal injury and police law.

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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.