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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.

Michelle Heeley QCCircuit Leader

Welcome to the new website for the Midland Circuit – it has been a while in the making but I hope it will now provide members, and visitors, with ready access to all that the Midland Circuit has to offer.

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.

Membership Benefits

The Midland Circuit is a representative, educational and social organisation. It represents the interests of members through, for example, the attendance of the Leader at meetings with Government regarding issues affecting barristers and through responses to consultations. It offers educational programmes including advocacy training. Furthermore, it offers the opportunity to socialise with colleagues at regular functions including bar messes, grand nights and circuit.

Membership Benefits

The Midland Circuit is a representative, educational and social organisation. It represents the interests of members through, for example, the attendance of the Leader at meetings with Government regarding issues affecting barristers and through responses to consultations. It offers educational programmes including advocacy training. Furthermore, it offers the opportunity to socialise with colleagues at regular functions including bar messes, grand nights and circuit.

Membership Benefits

The Midland Circuit is a representative, educational and social organisation. It represents the interests of members through, for example, the attendance of the Leader at meetings with Government regarding issues affecting barristers and through responses to consultations. It offers educational programmes including advocacy training. Furthermore, it offers the opportunity to socialise with colleagues at regular functions including bar messes, grand nights and circuit.

Membership Benefits

The Midland Circuit is a representative, educational and social organisation. It represents the interests of members through, for example, the attendance of the Leader at meetings with Government regarding issues affecting barristers and through responses to consultations. It offers educational programmes including advocacy training. Furthermore, it offers the opportunity to socialise with colleagues at regular functions including bar messes, grand nights and circuit.

Membership Benefits

The Midland Circuit is a representative, educational and social organisation. It represents the interests of members through, for example, the attendance of the Leader at meetings with Government regarding issues affecting barristers and through responses to consultations. It offers educational programmes including advocacy training. Furthermore, it offers the opportunity to socialise with colleagues at regular functions including bar messes, grand nights and circuit.

Membership Benefits

The Midland Circuit is a representative, educational and social organisation. It represents the interests of members through, for example, the attendance of the Leader at meetings with Government regarding issues affecting barristers and through responses to consultations. It offers educational programmes including advocacy training. Furthermore, it offers the opportunity to socialise with colleagues at regular functions including bar messes, grand nights and circuit.

Membership Benefits

The Midland Circuit is a representative, educational and social organisation. It represents the interests of members through, for example, the attendance of the Leader at meetings with Government regarding issues affecting barristers and through responses to consultations. It offers educational programmes including advocacy training. Furthermore, it offers the opportunity to socialise with colleagues at regular functions including bar messes, grand nights and circuit.

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Circuit Stats

  • 901
    Barristers
  • 963
    Members
  • 25
    Honorary Members
  • 174
    Locations
  • 111
    Chambers
  • 14
    County Courts
  • 14
    Crown Courts
  • 11
    Family Courts
  • 19
    Magistrates Courts

Join the Circuit

If you wish to join the Circuit, please contact the Circuit Administrator for the necessary application forms.

Prospective members will require a proposer and seconder from two active members of the Midland Circuit.

Subscription are currently as follows:

  • Up to 5 years call£50.00/per year
  • Over 5 years call£100.00/per year
  • Silks£150.00/per year
  • General Membership£30.00/per year

    Door tenants, MPs, maternity leave and retired members

Subscriptions are collected on 2nd January of each year
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111
Chambers
14
County Courts
14
Crown Courts
11
Family Courts
19
Magistrates Courts