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Michelle Heeley KC

Circuit Leader

I am honoured to be able to lead the Circuit I love. As a proud Midlander I had the fortune to grow up in Birmingham and study in Nottingham, and then develop my career in Birmingham, supported every step of the way by Circuit. To now be able to lead Circuit and represent the many hundreds of hard working and talented Barristers is something I never dreamed of. I hope to promote greater diversity at the Bar, and address the issue we have with retention, I hope I can be a role model, but also give back to a Circuit that has given so much to me.

"I am honoured to take over the reigns as Leader of the Midland Circuit. Circuit has a long, proud history, many of our Barristers have gone on to have long, distinguished careers as highly regarded Silks, and Judges, serving the highest courts in the land. We succeed because of the standards we set ourselves, from the inaugural advocacy training for our pupils, to the New Practitioner Course, to every day advocacy in court. We are a family, if any member has a problem they know they can turn to anyone in a robing room and ask for help.

Over the last few years we have developed a strong, and active Women’s’ Forum, addressing issues of retention and career development, we now have a Social Mobility Committee, aimed at encouraging those from more diverse backgrounds to enter the profession, and our soon to be established Equality and Diversity Committee will ensure we promote through merit, and nothing else.

I have been delighted at the success of the funded mini pupillage scheme, offering opportunities to those who may not be able to otherwise it, and I hope to take this one step further with the introduction of a scholarship for someone from the Midlands who may not be able to afford the Bar course without our assistance.

Circuit is not run by one person, it is run by a dedicated group of volunteers, from a Junior, to a Treasurer, to newly appointed Deputy Heads. All give of their time freely, for the service of Circuit and I am proud to lead them.

The next few years will undoubtedly bring challenges, from fee reviews, to clearing the court backlog. My promise to you is that I will serve to lead, and I hope that Circuit will be in an even stronger position when I leave."


A Social Circuit