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Ordinary Bencher Nomination Forms

To nominate a member of Hall to be considered by the Bench Selection Advisory Committee (BSAC) for election to the Bench, please complete the below Proposer Form (Form A) and have your chosen nominee complete the Candidate Form (Form B).

In order to be considered as a Candidate for election to the Bench as an Ordinary Bencher, candidates must have been Called to the Bar for at least 15 years. In considering candidates, BSAC looks at all the following factors:

  • The candidate’s high reputation in their relevant area of practice or work and their commitment to support the Inn once elected; and/or
  • Any significant contribution to the Inn which they will continue once elected; and/or
  • Any significant contribution to the profession made by the candidate, and commitment to support the Inn once elected.

Subject to the above the Inn will seek to elect Masters from the most diverse pool in terms of sex, ethnicity, age, background and area of practice or work.

The candidate information included in the forms will eventually be circulated with the voting papers to Benchers for Election Parliament. BSAC can only consider those candidates for whom they have a complete set of documents.

Note to Proposers of Ordinary Master candidates: Please note that by completing and submitting the form you will be agreeing that should the candidate you propose be nominated for election, you will attend the Election Parliament to support them. In the event that you are unable to attend the Election Parliament, you will be asked to find a suitable Bencher to propose them.

Please also note that it is the responsibility of the Proposer to communicate the status of their candidate's application to the candidate. After each meeting of BSAC at which candidates for election as Benchers are discussed, the Proposer will be informed by the Inn’s staff whether their candidate is to be included on the list of candidates to be considered at the next Election.  

 Candidates should not contact any member of BSAC or the Inn’s staff about the status of their application. It is the responsibility of the Proposer to keep the candidate informed about the development of the application and the Proposer may liaise with the Inn’s staff or the Chair of BSAC for that purpose.  

Any queries relating to the above, or to the nomination of Overseas, Academic, Bencher of Distinction Outside the Law and Honorary candidates to the Bench, should be sent to the Governance Officer, Lauren McHardy, at

  • Form A - for existing Benchers and members of Hall to propose a candidate

  • Form B - for candidates to fill out