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The Middle Templar Magazine

The Middle Templar, is published annually. The magazine contains information about the Inn, its members and events. Historically, it was distributed, in print, free of charge, to all members residing in the UK who had requested to receive a copy. However, from 2020 onwards, with the environment in mind, we will be running a reduced print run and will not be posting the magazine to Hall members. As such, we have created a new Microsite version of the magazine for members to enjoy.

The 2020 edition focuses on some of the biggest issues that we have faced over the 12 months, not just at the Inn, but across society, including:

  • The Black Lives Matter Movement.
  • BAME and Equality and Diversity at the Bar.
  • How Covid-19 has affected not just the Bar of England and Wales, but also our members abroad, and the impact it has had on the Inn's education programme, plus much more.

The 2020 edition also covers the usual array of:

  • Book reviews.
  • Our Amity Visit to Canada in 2019 and the Mooting Trip to North Carolina.
  • Updates from Temple Church and our colleagues at Temple Music.
  • The excellent programme of activities and initiatives that our Education department have been running.
  • Some fantastic historical pieces, including 'A Potted History of the Office of the Under Treasurer'.

For the first time we are pleased to share with you our brand new Middle Templar microsite, which you can access from anywhere, on any device.

We have also included our usual electronic page turning version of the Middle Templar below.

The main focus of the 2019 edition is the 100 Years of Women section to mark the centenary of the first female, Helena Normanton, being admitted to the Inn in 1919.

Highlights of the 2019 edition include:

  • Learn about Helena Normanton’s Ink stand by Master John Leslie (Master of the Silver) in the History section.
  • Interesting Book reviews of Master John Dyson’s A Judges Journey and Professor Susan Castillo-Street’s Casket Girls.
  • An exciting events section looking at the Inn’s events over the year, with contributions from Emma Hughes and Maham Qureshi on Black History Month, Simon Rowbotham’s Taking Pride and Master Elaine Banton on this year’s Joint Royal Amity Dinner.
  • Keep up with our Education Department with articles on Pupil Supervisors: Changes to the Accreditation Process and Life as a Student Today Compared to 100 Years Ago.
  • Our Topical section includes a Brexit article from Master Igor Judge and an interesting contribution from Adam Speker, What Information Should the Law Protect as Secret?
  • We also have some touching contributions from our Catering Department and the Master of the Kitchen, who is also this year’s Guest Editor, Master Marilynne Morgan. Master Michael Ashe has written a beautiful tribute piece for Lesley Whitelaw, who retires this year after 30 years at the Inn.

If you are a member (not including students) who resides in the UK and you wish to receive future copies of the Middle Templar, pleasure ensure your Communication Preferences are up to date on your online account.



The 2018 edition includes moving tributes to our 2018 Treasurer, Sir Paul Jenkins KCB QC, who sadly passed away in February.

Highlights of the 2018 edition include:

  • The revamped Education Section. The late Master Jenkins took a great interest in education, and in this year’s edition, you will find a number of interesting articles, ranging from Qualifying Sessions out of London, to the visit by our Royal Bencher, HRH The Duke of Cambridge, to last year’s Moot Final.
  • Reports by Master John Dyson and others on the extremely successful 2017 Amity Visit to Washington D.C.
  • Master Andrew Burns and Harriet Fear-Davies’ study of the Gender Pay Gap.
  • Master William Bach’s article on The Final Report of the Bach Commission on The Right to Justice.
  • Master Rosalind Wright’s timely discussion of ‘The Fight for Women’s Suffrage and the Right to Enter the Legal Profession’ and Master Alistair Webster’s equally relevant case for the importance of a free, but responsible, press.


Article highlights of the Michaelmas 2017 edition include:

  • Felicity McMahon’s celebration of the  hugely successful ‘Survive and Thrive’ series of events..
  • Master Max Hill’s pondering of the question ‘Do we need more terrorist legislation after the recent attacks in Manchester and London’ and Master Stephen Hockman’s case for ‘Why do we need a new International Environmental Court’.
  • Master Jeffrey Golden’s review of The Lawyers Who Made America: From Jamestown to the White House’ by Anthony Arlidge QC.
  • Some of our members experiences running in the 2017 London Marathon

Many of the valuable educational services organised by the Inn are discussed in the Education Section, such as:

  • A description of The Rosamund Smith Moot competition and subsequent advocacy tour to the Pepperdine School of Law, Malibu by 2016 winners, Hannah Daly and Philip Judd.
  • Master Derek Wood’s ‘Training for the Bar: Changes are on the way’.


For the Michaelmas 2016 edition we have sought to highlight and promote the present day activities of the Inn, its members and staff, as well as commemorate the upheavals and challenges faced by the Inn and its members 100 years ago, during and after the First World War.


  • The hugely successful ‘Survive and Thrive’ series of events celebrated by Master Adrienne Page.
  • Readers will discover interesting articles examining topical current affairs issues, such as Alan Bates’ The Impact of ‘Brexit’ on the bar.
  • Master Clive Stafford Smith’s article which asks the question ‘Why do we have an Assassination List in the Twentieth century?’
  • Master Rosalind Wright looks back on the induction of the Inn’s first female members.
  • Master William Flenley honours the long career of Master Jeremy Hutchinson in his book review of Jeremy Hutchinson’s Case Histories. 

Our enlarged Education Section discusses many of the valuable educational services organised by the Inn, such as

  • The Middle Temple Marshalling Scheme
  • Master Andrew Hochhauser’s article on the BSB Consultation Papers, describes updates on the proposed reforms in legal education and training. 

The Michaelmas 2015 edition of The Middle Templar is a Magna Carta Special Edition and we hope that you will enjoy the wide range of articles pertaining to the Magna Carta celebrations which took place, its impact and relevance in modern times and around the world. Readers will also find Master Geoffrey Rivlin's article on the current state of the Criminal Bar interesting. The continuing relevance of the Inn, as we strive to confront issues currently facing the Bar, is highlighted by Juliette Levy, reporting on the work of the Issues Facing the Junior Bar Working Group. We celebrate the growing success of the Temple Women’s Forum in Emily Rayner’s article on the Forum’s garden party event in June this year. Finally, we would like to draw attention to both Master Derek Wood's book review of Master Adrian Whitfield's monograph, The Art of Persuasion: Tradition and Technique, which was launched this year and also to Lesley Whitelaw’s article commemorating Master Judge’s extremely generous rare gifts to the Inn.


The diverse nature of the Inn’s activities is reflected in the fascinating contributions you will find in the Michaelmas 2014 edition of The Middle Templar. Articles range from Master Symons’s review of the very successful amity visit to Malaysia in 2013, to Master Wood’s important essay on the role and purpose of the Inns. Our strong links to the theatrical world are reflected in Master Arlidge’s article on two Shakespearian events in our Hall, while Master Jenkins looks back on his fascinating career at the employed Bar and as Treasury Solicitor. And I am sure many of you will enjoy our former Head Porter Barry Homer’s reflective piece on his time at Middle Temple. In his contribution, the Master of the Temple, Master Griffith-Jones, presages what will be a very important event in 2015, the commemoration of the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, an event of national and international significance which will be especially marked by Middle Temple and the legal community next year.

The Michaelmas 2013 edition commemorates the service of rededication of the Temple Church Organ at which the Inns were extremely privileged to have Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh attend. It contains a farewell to Catherine Quinn and welcomes our new Under Treasurer, Guy Perricone. This extra-large sized edition contains many interesting articles kindly provided by many contributors. In addition to the usual forthcoming events there are several unusual ones that we hope you will support and enjoy – A Reduced Shakespeare Company Production in January, the return of the Globe with Hamlet prior to embarking on a world-wide tour, the ever popular Clerks Dinner on 6 February and many more. It contains fascinating articles on a wide variety of topics. Photographs on pages 114 to 117 are reproduced by kind permission of Jamie Goodhart, Phil Wickens, Bjorn Riis-Johannessen and Hannah Baker.

The Michaelmas 2012 issue commemorates the national events of this historic year including the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations, the Olympics and Paralympics, as well as special events relating to the Bar such as the World Bar Conference, and events specific to the Inn such as the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Middle Temple member Charles Dickens.  It also contains updates from the Chairman of the Hall Committee, the President of the MTYBA, and the President of the MTSA.  Special features include articles on past Middle Templars: Arnold Strode-Jackson, 1912 Olympian; Richard Bere, 16th century martyr; and John Gray, decadent poet and inspiration for Oscar Wilde's Dorian Gray.


Front Cover Spring 2011

The Spring 2011 issue introduces the Inn's new Under Treasurer, Catherine Quinn; highlights the Academics' Dinner and the Inn's relationship with Chuo University in Japan.  It includes articles on law in Southern Africa and the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates, details of the Inn's new Advocacy Training Suite, and the new MT Access to the Bar Awards. It also includes information about the Inn's grounds and garden, conservation of Communion Books in the Archive, MT Historical Society Supper Talks, forthcoming events in the Temple Church and fundraising initiatives for the Organ Fund Appeal.

Front Cover Winter 2010 The Winter 2010 issue focuses on the Inn's international associations including the Legal Conference in South Africa, judicial training in Mauritius and Canada, advocacy training in The Bahamas, and the Malaysian Middle Temple Association.  It also shows photographs from the Employed Bar Reception, Grand Day and Private Guest Night and highlights forthcoming events such as a theatre performance in 2011 by Edward's Boys’.  Several articles provide insight into the current issues and changes in the legal profession, including the role of academics.  It also includes features about famous people associated with the Temple.
Templar Spring 2010 The Spring 2010 issue features the luncheon visit by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Treasurership of Queen Elizabeth, later Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.  It also includes articles about the future of the referral Bar, the Scottish Bar, and the Employed Bar.  The issue celebrates the Inn's links with the United States through its Honorary Benchers, provides details on the Inn's new Fellows, and includes humorous articles by long-serving members of staff.  Finally, members are encouraged to become more involved in the Inn by participating in the events listed on page 31. 
Templar Winter 2009 The Winter 2009 issue features the Admission to the Inn, Call to the Bar and Call to the Bench of His Royal Highness Prince William of Wales.  It also includes articles about the Inn's international associations with Mauritius and Japan; an update from the Scholarship Fund Appeal; information about the Hall Committee by the new Chairman, Robert-Jan Temmink, book reviews, and the results of the Middle Temple Golf Society, which has regained the Scrutton Cup.
Templar Spring 2009 The Spring 2009 issue highlights the importance of the Inn's Scholarship Fund Appeal and features articles from several members who have benefitted from the generosity of those who have contributed, and continue to contribute, to the Scholarship Fund.  The issue also features several articles written by members about their experiences with mooting, marshalling and advocacy training.
Templar Winter 2008 The Winter 2008 issue commemorates the events of the 2008 Festival: an anniversary year celebrating the granting of the 1608 Letters Patent by James VI (I of Scotland) which gave the freehold of the Temple lands to the Honourable Societies of the Middle and Inner Temple.

If you have questions or comments about the magazine, or would like to subscribe to a hard copy of the magazine, please send your current contact details to Colin Davidson, Director of Membership and Development: