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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.