A Brand New Year and an Exciting Opportunity for Finalists

Hello to all Bar Soc members and new visitors! A new academic year is nearly upon us and along with it, a new Bar Soc Executive Team that will see to all of your aspiring barrister needs. You can find us and all of our details under the ‘Executive Committee’ heading, and you will be able to meet us and introduce yourselves at the Fresher’s Societies Fair alongside Warwick Law Society.

Now, on to the exciting opportunity being kindly offered by the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn.

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University Advocacy Day

Gray’s Inn

Saturday 24th October, 11am-7pm

Law finalists are being offered the opportunity to gain insight into what it takes to be a good advocate, to foster these skills, and network with barristers and judicial members of the Inn who practise and sit in different areas of law, at many different levels. In total, the day will include the following:

  • Meeting and listening to barristers who will offer their insight into the key elements of good advocacy
  • Participate in and facilitate case analysis
  • With guidance from accredited advocacy trainers, perform some advocacy yourself

Who will be involved?

A range of leading practitioners and judges such as:

  • Mukul Chawla QC, Head of Chambers at 9-12 Bell Yard
  • Mark Ellison QC, Head of Chambers at QEB Hollis Whiteman
  • Marion Smith QC, of 39 Essex Street
  • Her Honour Judge Rosa Dean
  • Christopher Russell, Head of the Personal Injury Group at 2 Temple Gardens
  • Siobhan Grey, of Doughty Street Chambers
  • Gelaga King, of 2 Bedford Row.

Why attend? 

Are you aware of what it is a barrister does? Do you know what it takes to pursue a career at the Bar? This event will certainly offer you the answers. Whilst a strong academic record is of huge importance, chambers and employed organisations need to see if you have the motivation to become a barrister, and have demonstrated a commitment to obtaining the skills required to be a good advocate. Events such as this will give you the necessary experience to prove this commitment, and your commitment to the Bar.

How to apply 

To apply for a place for the Gray’s Inn University Advocacy Day, please complete and submit the application form located here:  https://www.graysinn.org.uk/university-advocacy-day-application-form

The application deadline is 9am on Monday 5 October 2015
The Inn will confirm by email that week whether your application has been successful.


  • The event is free of charge
  • Dependent on location and need, the Inn will contributefunding for travel.
  • Lunchwill be served and a drinks/canapés reception will follow the training day
  • Due to physical space restrictions and the need to limit the number of students in each advocacy group,places available are limited.
  • If you attended our University Advocacy Day or Advocacy Weekend in 2014 you can still apply to attend this event.
  • You may apply on this occasion and not be successful in gaining a place.  Don’t let that put you off.  Should we be oversubscribed for 24 October, we will endeavour to run another advocacy day in the near future.
  • This advocacy day is provided for 3rd year law students only.  A similar day will be offered to 2nd year law students in the Spring 2016.

Contact Information:

Rachel James, Deputy Director of Education, The Education Department,

The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn, 8 South Square, Gray’s Inn, London WC1R 5ET

Tel Dept 020 7458 7900  Tel Direct 0207 458 7903


Good luck to all who apply, and please do get involved!


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