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Jennifer Devans-Tamakloe has concluded her term as Junior of the Circuit. The role is one which is vital and which requires a great deal of time devoted to it. Jennifer has performed her duties with diligence and charisma. I thank her for all her efforts and for her friendship.

And now we welcome Marie-Claire Gane to the role. She will serve two terms as the “Preston” Junior. She and I have already discussed plans for next term and we continue to try to make Mess an event that all will feel welcome at. I look forward to working with MCG!

The role of Junior is now selected by an application process which involves a written application, a marking scheme and a final round interview. The next Junior will revert to Liverpool, so all those that may be interested in the role please do speak to one of the recent incumbents to find out more.

Jaime 

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Welcome to the Northern Circuit, a place of proud history, strong traditions, legal excellence and, importantly, overwhelming friendliness!

Stretching as it does from the Border City of Carlisle in Cumbria at its northernmost point, running through beautiful Lakeland to the port of Whitehaven in the West, on through Preston and Burnley in the heart of Lancashire to the great Northern powerhouses of Manchester, now regarded by many as England’s “second city”, and Liverpool, famous world-wide for its breathtaking waterfront over which Queen Elizabeth II Law Courts now keep watch, and most recently joined by the historic city of Chester and its surrounding county – the Northern Circuit remains at the forefront of legal development.

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Race at the Bar Report

Race at the Bar Report

Dear Members of Circuit In 2021 the Bar Council produced its ‘Race at the Bar Report’. A new report will be published in the Autumn based on the actions and recommendations made in the 2021 Report. At the time of the last report a survey was sent to all Chambers on Circuit. Its fair to say that the level of response from the Northern Circuit was a little disappointing. Those Chambers that responded had much to say but many did not respond at all. The Northern Circuit and its Members have always sought to lead from the front and we need to do so in relation to this further survey. It is really important that there is a strong response from Circuit. The link to the survey is below. We ask that each Chambers on Circuit complete the document. The letter from the Bar Council is addressed to the Head of Chambers and the EDI officer, however I would ask that as individuals we send an email to Head Clerk/Head of Chambers/ EDI representative seeking confirmation that the survey has been completed. The survey is short. It will take no more that 10 minutes to complete. Lets show the Northern Circuit in its true light and secure a strong response. What we do on this Circuit matters and is noted. The deadline in 30th May. Please ensure that your Chambers complete its response. Jaime Hamilton KC & Winston Hunter KC

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23rd May 2024

Circuit Executive vacancies:  Liverpool Junior & Employed Bar Junior

Circuit Executive vacancies: Liverpool Junior & Employed Bar Junior

We are looking for members of Circuit to fulfil the posts of Employed Bar and Liverpool Junior on the Circuit Executive. The roles provide great opportunities for members of Circuit to become involved in the valuable work that the Circuit does. We would invite anyone who is interested in either of these appointments to prepare 200 words as to their suitability for the role. The deadline for interest is Thursday 20th June 2024 to be sent to Circuit Admin. If anyone would like any further information or to discuss the role then please also get in touch and we can arrange for you to speak with past holders of this office.

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23rd May 2024

Northern Circuit Pride Event June 2024 Poster

Northern Circuit Pride 06.06.24

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24th April 2024

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Jun

04

2024

Trinity Preston Combined High Court Judges'

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Tuesday, 4th June 2024 [Booking deadline 24th May 2024] COMBINED HIGH COURT JUDGES’ AND CIRCUIT JUDGES’ MESS 18:30 for 19:00, Informal Dress Honorand HHJ Daniel Prowse Honorand HHJ Sarah O Brien

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06

2024

Northern Circuit Pride 06.06.24

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Northern Circuit are holding a free drinks event for LGBT+ barristers, the judiciary, pupils, clerks, staff, Bar school students and their allies. Come and join us! 

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13

2024

Trinity Liverpool Combined High Court Judges' and Circuit Judges' Mess

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Thursday, 13th June 2023 [Booking deadline 31st May 2024] COMBINED HIGH COURT JUDGES’ AND CIRCUIT JUDGES’ MESS 18:30 for 19:00, Informal Dress

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