The Council of the Inns of Court

The Council of the Inns of Court (COIC) is responsible for administering disciplinary hearings for the Bar. Disciplinary Tribunals adjudicate on cases of professional misconduct and poor service against barristers. The Tribunals are chaired by a Judge or a Queen’s Counsel and include at least one barrister and one lay member. Tribunal Clerks are responsible for supervising the proceedings and advising the panel.


Following a comprehensive review of the Bar’s disciplinary procedures, the need has arisen to recruit more members to join the disciplinary panel. COIC is seeking people to fill the following positions:

  • Queen’s Counsel to Chair (pro bono)
  • Barristers members of at least five years’ call (pro bono)
  • Lay members (attendance fee: £150/£300 for a half/full day)
  • Tribunal Clerks in at least their second six months of pupillage (£100/£200 for a half/full day)

Applications are particularly encouraged from women and ethnic minorities, who are underrepresented on the panel. Residents of London and the South East are also encouraged to apply.

To request an application pack, please contact Margaret Hilson by email at margaret.hilson@middletemple.org.uk or
on 020 7353 7081.

The closing date for applications is 30 September.

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