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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – Updates from the Inn

02 Sep 2020

[Page last updated: 2 September 2020]

Please read our COVID-19 Safety Precautions that are in place at the Inn.

 

Due to the current Covid-19 situation the staff at the Middle Temple will be working from home where possible until further notice. Should you need to contact any member of staff, please do so by email in the first instance, or if urgent, visit our webpage for a list of relevant telephone numbers. We aim to provide as helpful a service as possible, but there may be delays and certain limitations to what is possible in the circumstances.

 

We will be constantly reviewing the situation and will hope to return to usual service as soon as is possible and within Government and Public Health England guidelines. In the meantime, we aim to provide as many of the services we practically can and hope that all our members take the appropriate precautions at this difficult and challenging time.

Thank you for your understanding.

Benchers: benchers@middletemple.org.uk

Membership: members@middletemple.org.uk

Education: education@middletemple.org.uk

Events: events@middletemple.org.uk

Library: library@middletemple.org.uk

Finance: finance@middletemple.org.uk

Estates: estates@middletemple.org.uk 
 

All Events & Lunch cancelled until at least 1 October

The Inn has decided to cancel lunch in Hall with immediate effect until at least 1 October. We will continue to monitor the government guidelines and hope to be able to resume a normal lunch service as soon as we possibly can.

The Inn will also be cancelling or postponing all internal and external events. The Inn will be issuing a full refund for all tickets. There is no need to request a refund. Please bear with us while we work through all the bookings. Masters of the Bench: If you have charged your ticket to your Bench Bill then no charge shall be incurred. If you have paid in advance, the Inn will issue a refund.

 

Library

Middle Temple Library will be reopening the week beginning 7 Spetember 2020. Full opening dates and times here. Please note that measures and restrictions put in place to ensure the health and safety of members and staff. In order to adhere to government guidance on social distancing, the number of members allowed into the library at any one time will be restricted. Please read our COVID-19 Safety Precautions that are in place at the Inn. 

Opening hours and dates will be continually reviewed in order to adhere to government regulations. Inner Temple Library can only accommodate 10 readers at a time. Further information on how to access their services will be available on their website.

Middle Temple Library will continue to run a free document delivery service remotely for members of the Inns of Court during this time. Enquiries can be made to the library at: library@middletemple.org.uk or 020 7427 4830.

 

Education Department

The Treasury has now reopened. The Education team are still hard at work, trying to provide as many of our usual services as possible.  Below are some key updates, but for specific detail please see the relevant Education pages.

Qualifying Sessions

We are currently planning to deliver the majority of QS remotely until the end of the calendar year. We cannot hope to replicate the full effect and value of the qualifying sessions which normally take place within the Inn and on circuit; however, with the help of many Benchers and members of the Inn, we will be able to deliver a varied and interesting programme of free sessions. The sessions will be advertised on the Inn Calendar. Attendance will be capped at 5 QS between now and the end of the year

Call to the Bar

Call dates have been modified to accommodate the revised exam time table - further details are available here. We are hoping to be able to offer Call in person, but without guests, in November, subject of course to Government guidelines.

 

Hardship Funds open to Members of the Inn 

The Middle Temple is aware that many of its members will be in financial difficulties as a result of the current public health crisis and will do what it can to help alleviate hardship.

Bar Benevolent Association

For practising members of the Bar, the Inns have agreed to work through the Bar Benevolent Association (BBA) and, initially, have committed a substantial sum to the appeal.  Barristers who have held a brief are eligible to apply to the BBA for support.

Middle Temple Hardship Fund 2020

For students and pupils who are not eligible for assistance from the BBA the Inn has created a Hardship Fund, which is larger than the usual pupil support and hardship fund and available to a larger category of applicants. Click here for further details.