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Events

The Midland Circuit has an active and mixed calendar of events.

Over the years we have held Bar messes in Birmingham, Nottingham and Leicester, excellent dinners at the Birmingham Council House and Art Gallery, a dinner at Gray’s Inn and very entertaining Grand Nights in Birmingham & Nottingham. Junior Socials have been held for pupils and younger tenants in Birmingham and Nottingham. Sadly a Ball planned for June 2020 had to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. Nevertheless, pupils’ Advocacy Training was conducted online very successfully thanks to the efforts of Michelle Heeley KC. Other activities continue online and in person. You can find out more on our full events and training calendar.

Upcoming Events

Fri

12

Jul

Grand Night 2024

Fri 12 Jul

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Join us for:
Drinks reception, 3-course Dinner and Live Entertainment

Past Events

Anti Money Laundering

coming-soon


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RASSO (Rape And Serious Sexual Offences) training course

coming-soon education-&-training


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Step Up To The Bar

coming-soon education-&-training


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VW Training

coming-soon education-&-training


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Advocacy Training

coming-soon education-&-training


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Christmas Market

coming-soon


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Social for under 10 years service

coming-soon


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Unconscious Bias training

coming-soon education-&-training


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Supervisor Training

coming-soon


Further information regarding this course will be shared as soon as it is available.

To register your interest, please email circuit.administrator@midlandcircuit.co.uk

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Practitioner Advocacy Training

coming-soon


You can provisionally book to attend this training course.

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Advocacy Competition 2023

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Fri

20

may

Education & Training

20 May 2022 - 30 May 2022

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Wed

29

jun

An Evening with Lady Hale

29 June 2022

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Midland Circuit Women’s Forum
is delighted to welcome
Lady Hale as guest of honour
for an evening of drinks & canapes
to which members of
Midland Circuit and
Midlands judiciary are welcome

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Thu

18

aug

Grand Night 2022

18 August 2022 -

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Sat

24

sep

Birmingham Pride 2022

24 September 2022

Date: 23rd, 24th & 25th September 2022

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Fri

7

oct

Gray's Inn Dinner

7 October 2022 - 8 October 2022

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The Midland Circuit invites Gray's Inn members to dinner.

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Thu

27

oct

NEW TENANTS AND PUPILS

27 October 2022

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Midland circuit Welcome all current and prospective pupils, together with new tenants who have recently completed their pupillage.

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Wed

2

nov

MCWF Menopause Event

2 November 2022

Key Speaker: Dr Jo Hobson
British Menopause Society Menopause Specialist, Clinical Lead Director of The Menopause Consortium and member of Institute of Psychosexual Medicine.

Plus: hear about the Bar Council's new menopause policy & guidance for chambers

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Sat

12

nov

Practitioner Advocacy Training

12 November 2022 - 13 November 2022

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What is covered?
Speeches, examination in chief, cross-examination. All attendees complete a criminal trial with an option on
Sunday to undertake either a civil or a family law exercise

Who should attend?
Barristers who have taken tenancy within the last 3 years

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Thu

17

nov

Barristers' Open Evening

17 November 2022

education-&-training


Join our panel of Barristers discussing pupilage & life at the bar.

Breakout sessions in Crime, Family & Civil.

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Tue

13

dec

CPS: DMD Training

13 December 2022

The Head of Complex Casework Unit CPS West Midlands and CPS disclosure lead, Mark Paul, is delivering a short interactive presentation at 17:15- 18:00 on 13 December 2022 on making the DMD more effective as a case management tool. The training is based on similar input recently delivered to CPS prosecutors. The aim to ensure that DMDs are shorter and bespoke to the case and contain specific requests for the defence to engage with case management, requests that can then be reinforced with court directions as appropriate

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Thu

15

dec

Ethics Training

15 December 2022

education-&-training


What is covered
The necessary ethics component of NPP training

Who should attend
Barristers who have taken tenancy within the last 3 years

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Sun

12

feb

Race Awareness

12 February 2023

education-&-training


Get Ready for Race Equality Week 2023.

RACE EQUALITY WEEK 2023: 6-12TH FEBRUARY 2023. Race Equality Week is a UK-wide initiative uniting thousands of organisations and individuals to address race equality barriers in the workplace.

The events of 2020, including the Black Lives Matter movement and the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on ethnic minority communities, has heightened public consciousness of race inequality.

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Fri

3

mar

Judiciary Dinner 2023

3 March 2023

Celebrating the appointment of
Her Honour Judge Shant KC
as the recorder of Nottingham with

His Honour Gregory Dickinson KC
as an honoured guest

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Sat

4

mar

Circuit Leaders Dinner 2023

4 March 2023

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Wed

8

mar

International Women's Day 2023

8 March 2023

Come to this FREE event and join the Midland Circuit, No.5 Barristers' Chambers and Birmingham Law Society for out International Women's Day celebration

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Fri

10

mar

Pupil Advocacy Training 2023

10 March 2023 - 12 March 2023

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What is covered?
The course provides all necessary training to comply with the Bar Council’s Minimum Advocacy Training Requirements. The Hample method is applied, and attendees are taught and tested in each of the following competencies: Examination-in-Chief, Cross-Examination, Oral Submissions and Written Advocacy/Skeleton Arguments.

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Thu

6

apr

Maundy Thursday Bar Mess

6 April 2023

Maundy Thursday Bar Mess
Thursday 6th April 2023

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Thu

18

may

Women's Forum Parenting at the Bar

18 May 2023

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Parenting at the Bar:
How to Make it Work for You

Should you wish to attend virtually, please ask our administrator for the link

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Wed

14

jun

Advocacy Competition Final 2023

14 June 2023

TBC

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Fri

23

jun

Circuit Ball 2023

23 June 2023

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Thu

29

jun

Practice at the Midlands Bar

29 June 2023

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Thu

6

jul

Women's Forum Anniversary Event

6 July 2023

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Thu

27

jul

Practicing at the Family Bar

27 July 2023

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Join us at this online event for aspiring Barristers' to learn about life as a Family Barrister.

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Sun

3

sep

RASSO Training

3 September 2023 - 10 September 2023

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This course offers a better understanding of sexual offences by looking at individual data sources in isolation. It provides an update to the picture presented in an overview of sexual offences in England and Wales

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Sat

9

sep

The Bar Council AGM

9 September 2023 -

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The Bar Council’s Annual General (AGM) meeting for 2023 is due to take place at 11.00 on Saturday 9 September 2023

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Mon

18

sep

Annual General Meeting

18 September 2023

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Our Annual General Meeting has been arranged for the 18th September 2023. Time: TBC

You will receive an update from Key members of our committee.

Please add any agenda items onto your booking in the 'Notes' box.

Booking page will close on 21st August 23 and no further agenda items will be considered.

A Zoom link will be sent out on 21st September 23

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Fri

20

oct

2023 Pupil Drinks

20 October 2023

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Welcoming all current and prospective pupils, together with new tenants who have recently completed pupillage

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Sat

4

nov

Social Mobility Pupillage Fair

4 November 2023

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Tue

7

nov

ENHANCING YOUR CAREER AT THE BAR

7 November 2023

Join us for an evening of drinks and discussions, with ideas and practical tips from our panellists on how to elevate and enrich your career at the Bar.

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Sat

18

nov

2023 New Practitioner Advocacy Training Programme

18 November 2023 - 19 November 2023

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We are running a Practitioner Advocacy Training on Saturday 18th – Sunday 19th November 2023
• Saturday 18th November: 9am registration. 5pm End time with dinner at 6pm.
• Sunday 19th November: 9am registration. 4pm End
• Scarman Conference Centre, Warwick University CV4 7SH
• The Bar Council allow the following CPD points for the WHOLE weekend: / Trainees: 12 CPD points (i.e. 9 hours for the advocacy and 3 hours of preparation) / Trainers: 12 CPD points / Witnesses: 2 CPD points

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Sun

10

dec

Pupillage Simplified! READ ABOUT IT

10 December 2023

social-mobility


This session will be a recorded blog which covers the preliminary steps that help to narrow down where to apply and what to look for; whether to apply to a London set or a provincial set, the employed bar and pupillage or independent chambers, whether to apply for a mixed pupillage or specialist set such as crime only/family only or a mixed common law chambers. How to look for who is advertising pupillage and funding through pupillage.

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Sat

13

jan

Pupillage Simplified! WRITE ABOUT IT

13 January 2024

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This session will be a live interactive session on the application process. It will also be recorded. This session covers what to consider when completing the applications - from thoughts on ideas for drafting model answers, looking at how to highlight your skills from past experiences, and how best
to make your application stand out.

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Thu

25

jan

Ethics Training

25 January 2024

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What is covered?
The necessary ethics component of NPP training

Who should attend?
Barristers who have taken tenancy within the last 3 years

Date:
Thursday 14th December 2023
18:00 - 20:00

Cost:
Free

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Mon

5

feb

Race Equality Week

5 February 2024 - 11 February 2024

education-&-training


Get Ready for Race Equality Week 2024.

RACE EQUALITY WEEK 2024: 5th -11TH FEBRUARY 2024.

Race Equality Week is a UK-wide initiative uniting thousands of organisations and individuals to address race equality barriers in the workplace.

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Thu

8

feb

EDO Breakfast Meeting

8 February 2024

education-&-training


EDO DISCUSSION GROUP: PROFESSIONAL DUTIES TO TACKLE RACE DISPARITIES AT THE BAR

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Fri

9

feb

Marking the appointment of The Right Honourable the Baroness Carr of Walton-on-the Hill as Lady Chief Justice of England and Wales and honouring Mr Justice Pepperall for his time as Presider

9 February 2024

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Celebratory Dinner to mark the appointment of The Right Honourable the Baroness Carr of Walton-on-the Hill as Lady Chief Justice of England and Wales and honouring Mr Justice Pepperall for his time as Presider

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Sat

24

feb

Pupillage Simplified! TALK ABOUT IT

24 February 2024

social-mobility


This live session will take applicants through top tips for preparing for the interview and making the best impression during the interview.

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Fri

22

mar

Pupil Advocacy Training 2024

22 March 2024 - 24 March 2024

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What is covered?
The course provides all necessary training to comply with the Bar Council’s Minimum Advocacy Training Requirements. The Hampel method is applied, and attendees are taught and tested in each of the following competencies: Examination-in-Chief, Cross-Examination, Oral Submissions and Written Advocacy/Skeleton Arguments.

Who should attend?
All first six pupils on Circuit unless you have arranged or received the required training from your Inn.

Date:
Friday 22nd (dinner and discussions only), Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th March 2024

Cost:
£300 (usually covered by Chambers)
Accommodation and meals included, together with an address from the Leader of the Circuit Michelle Heeley KC and the Senior Presiding Judge Tipples J.

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Thu

28

mar

Maundy Thursday Event: NOTTINGHAM

28 March 2024

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COME AND JOIN YOUR FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES FOR NIBBLES & DRINKS

DATE: Thursday 28th March 20234

LOCATION: Pitcher & Piano, The Unitarian Church, High Pavement, Nottingham, NG1 1HN

DRESS CODE: Casual

START TIME: 13:00 END TIME: 16:00

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Thu

28

mar

Maundy Thursday Event BIRMINGAM

28 March 2024

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COME AND JOIN YOUR FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES FOR NIBBLES & DRINKS

DATE: Thursday 28th March 20234

LOCATION: The Alchemist, Colmore Row, Birmingham, B3 2DA

DRESS CODE: Casual

START TIME: 15:00 END TIME: 19:00

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Wed

22

may

Midland Circuit Women's Forum 6th Anniversary Event

22 May 2024

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Are we nearly there yet…?

Hear the Honourable Mrs Justice Theis speak about her reflections on her time at the Bar and sitting as a

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