Inns’ Conduct Committee

The Inns’ Conduct Committee (ICC) considers matters of general policy or process relating to the determination of whether an Inn of Court should refuse to admit an applicant for admission, or expel or refuse to Call a student to the Bar.

The ICC has delegated its powers and functions to hear such cases to the members of the BTAS Disciplinary Pool – a group of individuals selected, trained and regularly appraised to ensure their ability to consider and determine such matters is of the highest standards. Instead, the role of the members of the ICC is to:

  • Work to ensure that appropriate policies and processes are in place to determine whether persons are eligible for admission to an Inn or Call to the Bar by considering whether they are fit and proper persons to become practising barristers;
  • Serve as members of Screening Panels; considering documentation from the Inns about applicants/students to determine the appropriate subsequent handling of any case. In particular, to decide whether there is information that suggests that an individual may not be a fit and proper person to become a practising barrister;
  • Recognise that it is the intention of the four Inns of Court that membership of the Inns should reflect the diversity of society, and apply the principles of this in all their work;

 

The ICC’s membership is set out in Part III of the Inns Conduct Committee Rules – 2020 and is as follows:

  • A Chair
  • Two Vice-Chairs (one barrister and one lay representative)
  • Four barrister members, one selected from each of the four Inns of Court
  • Two lay members

The list below shows the details of the barrister and lay committee members of the Inns Conduct Committee:

 

Miss Sadia Zouq

Barrister

Disciplinary / ICC

Barrister of Lincoln’s Inn; Legal Assessor, Social Work England; Legal Assessor, General Optical Council; Legal Assessor, General Pharmaceutical Council; lay panel member, Nursing and Midwifery Council; chair, Health Care and Professions Tribunal Service, member, Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers [ARDL].

Ms Heather Williams QC

Chairman (Gray's Inn)

Disciplinary / ICC

Barrister in private practice; Member, Liberty; Member, Administrative Law Bar Association [ALBA]; Member, Industrial Law Society; Member, The Coroner’s Society; Member, Discrimination Law Association; Member, Police Actions Lawyers’ Group; Member INQUEST and the INQUEST Lawyer’s Group; Member, Justice; Recorder [Crime – Northern Circuit and Civil]; Appointed Deputy High Court Judge.

Mr Thomas Williams

Barrister (Lincoln's Inn)

Disciplinary / ICC

Employed barrister; Member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; Member, Young International Arbitration Group.

Mr Colin Wilby ICC Lay Vice-Chair, BA (Hons), MBA, FCIPD

Lay

ICC

Chair, West Kent Housing Association; Lay Council Member, Council for Licensed Conveyancers; Independent Member, Audit and Risk Committee, Estuary Housing Association, Lay Member, Non-Executive Director, Taxation Disciplinary Board; Employment Tribunals; Lay Member, Financial Reporting Council; Independent Panel Member, Need to Sell Scheme, HS2 Ltd; Fellow, Chartered Institution of Personnel & Development.

Mr Jeremy Weston QC

Chairman

Disciplinary / ICC

Practising Barrister, Family Law; Head of Chambers, St Ives Chambers Birmingham; Chair, West Midlands Family Bar Association; member, Family Bar Association; member, Association of Lawyers for Children; member, Midland Circuit; independent member Parole Board; Recorder appointed in 2018 sitting in the Family Court.

Miss Isabelle Watson

Barrister (Middle Temple)

Disciplinary / ICC

Member, Family Bar Association.

Mr Andrew Ward

Lay

Disciplinary / ICC

Panel member, Employment Tribunal Service [Scotland]; Invigilator. Sunderland College; Retired Police Sergeant, Durham Constabulary; Director / Management and Training Consultant, AMW Professional Ltd; Director / Trustee, National Appropriate Adult Network; Retired member, Police Federation of England and Wales.

Mr Robert Walton QC MA Hons

Chairman (Lincoln's Inn)

Disciplinary / ICC / SAB

Self-employed barrister; volunteer, Planning Aid for London; member, Compulsory Purchase Association; member, Planning and Environment Bar Association [PEBA].

Mr John Walsh

Lay

Disciplinary / ICC

Lay Panel Chair / Lay Adjudicator, Social Work England [SWE]; Lay Member, Insolvency Committee, Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales [ICAEW; Lay Member  Statutory Committees: General Pharmaceutical Council [GPC]; Lay Member, Bar Tribunal and Adjudication Service; Lay Chair Fitness to Practise Panel, Health and Care Professions Council [HCPC]; Lay Examiner, Royal College of Surgeons of England and Wales [RCS]; Self Employed HR Consultant; Lay Member, Employment Tribunals [ET];  Fellow, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development [FCIPD]; member, Employment Tribunals Membership Association London Central [ETMALC]; member, National Landlords Association [NLA].

Mr John Vaughan

Lay

Disciplinary / ICC

Lay Member; Retired Executive Director, NHS Foundation Trust; Director of Strategy and Partnerships [interim], Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust; Special Advisor and Executive Reviewer, Care Quality Commission [CQC]; Education Associate, General Dental Council [GDC]; Independent Panel Member, Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime [MOPAC]; Lay Member, General Optical Council [GOC].

Miss Catherine Taskis MA (Oxon), BCL

Barrister (Inner Temple)

ICC

Self-employed barrister; Deputy District Judge, South Eastern Circuit; part-time administrative assistant, Cleveland Scott York (Patent and Trademark Attorneys); member, Chancery Bar Association; member, Property Bar Association; member, Agricultural Law Association; member, Vesta Rowing Club; governor, Silchester Church of England Primary School; fellow, Chartered Institue of Arbitrators.

Ms Tracy Stephenson

Lay

Disciplinary / ICC

Retired Superintendent, Metropolitan Police Service; volunteer, Anthony Nolan Trust, volunteer, Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Mr Alan Steinfeld QC

Chairman (Lincoln's Inn)

Disciplinary / ICC

Self-employed barrister; member, Chancery Bar Association; member, Commercial Bar Association [COMBAR].

Ms Deborah Spring BA (Hons) (Cantab), MA (London)

Lay

Disciplinary / ICC

Chartered Secretary; publishing consultant, Justice of the Peace; family member connections to Doughty Street chambers and Temple Garden chambers;  lay member, Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service.

Mr Darren Snow LLB [Hons], LL.M [City], MCIArb Accredited Meditor

Barrister (Middle Temple)

Disciplinary / ICC

Barrister; Visiting Lecturer, University of Law; Legal Adviser, General Optical Council; Legal Chair, Police Misconduct Tribunals – MOPAC & Eastern Region; Legal Adviser, British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy;  member, Bar Pro Bono Unit; member, Sports Resolution Pro Bono Panel; chair, Safeguarding Panel English Boxing; member, Stop and Search Advisory Panel, British Transport Police; community panel member, Essex Youth Offending Service; ; member, Middle Temple; member, Criminal Bar Association; member, Professional Disciplinary Lawyers Association; member, Fraud Lawyers Association; member LQC Association; member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; member, Civil Mediation Council; member, Advocate, Social Mobility Foundation.

Mr Ashley Serr

Barrister

Disciplinary / ICC

Barrister; Legal Advisor, General Dental Council’s Fitness to Practise Tribunal; Member, Health Care Professions Council Fitness to Practise Tribunal; Court Examiner, Ministry of Justice; Member, Employment Lawyers Association; Member, Middle Temple; Fee Paid Judge; Employment Tribunal and First Tier Tribunal; Deputy District Judge.

Ms Zoe Saunders

Barrister (Gray's Inn)

Disciplinary / ICC

Member, Family Law Bar Association; Member, Resolution; Member, Western and South Eastern Circuits; Member, Professional Negligence Bar Association; Bencher, Gray’s Inn.

Mr Paul Robb

Lay

Disciplinary / ICC

Security Consultant; Committee Member, BTAS Strategic Advisory Board; President, British Transport Police History Group.

Ms Lakshmi Ramakrishnan

Lay

Disciplinary / ICC

Lay Member, Investigations Committee for ARB [Architect’s Registration Board]; Chair, Professional Conduct Committee, General Chiropractic Council; Specialist Advisor, Care Quality Commission; Chair, Audit Registration Committee [Institute of Chartered Accountants]; Lay Member, Professional Conduct Committee, Chartered Institute of Legal Executives; Lay Member, Professional Conduct Committee, General Osteopathic Council; Chair, Investigations Committee, Nursery and Midwifery Council [from April 2020].

Mr Nigel Poole QC BA (Oxon), Diploma in Law

Chairman (Middle Temple)

Disciplinary / ICC

Self-employed barrister;fee paid judicial post as Deputy High Court Judge; Head of Chambers; member, Personal Injury Bar Association; member, Professional Negligence Bar Association; member, Middle Temple.

Mr Leon Pickering

Barrister

Disciplinary / ICC

Barrister, member 10 Old Square Chambers; member, Professional Committee of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council [ad hoc]; member, Rugby Football Union Independent Judiciary; Advocacy Tutor, Lincoln’s Inn; member, Chancery Bar Association; member, Charity Law Association; member, Court of Protection Practitioner’s Association;

Mr Paul Ozin QC

Chairman (QC)

Disciplinary / ICC

Barrister, 23 Essex Street Chambers; member, Middle Temple; member, Lexis Nexis Corporate Crime Lawyers Consulting Editorial Board;Trustee, Freebar; Vice-Chair and Chair of Seminar Committee, Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers; member, Fraud Lawyers Association; member, South Eastern Circuit; member, various Bar Messes; Team Leader, 23 Essex Street Chambers Regulatory and Disciplinary practice team; Co-Chair, 23 Essex Street Chambers Complaints Committee; member, Labour Party;

Mr Jonathan Monk

Lay

Disciplinary / ICC

Interim Manager, public sector – 33 Pheasants Consulting Limited; Trustee, 9 Lives Furniture Charity.

Ms Stephanie McIntosh

Lay

Disciplinary / ICC

Member, Parole Board of England and Wales [employment]; Non-executive Director, Costs Lawyers Standards Board; Member, Judicial Appointments Commission [appointment].

Mr Brian McCluggage

Barrister (Middle Temple)

Disciplinary / ICC

Barrister; Fee Paid Employment Judge; Attorney -General’s A Panel for Government Work [Regional]; member, Personal Injuries Association; member, Middle Temple.

Mr James McClelland

Barrister

Disciplinary / ICC

Practising Barrister; member, Executive Committee of the Alliance for Lawyers at Risk.

Mr Paul Lowenstein QC

Chairman (Middle Temple)

Disciplinary / ICC

Self-employed barrister; member, Investment Committee of the Harbour Litigation Funding; chairman, Trustees of the International Law Book Facility; Master of the Bench, Middle Temple; member, Commercial Bar Association [COMBAR]; member, London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association; member, Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association; member, Professional Negligence Bar Association.

Mr John Lloyd-Jones QC

Chairman

Disciplinary / ICC

Barrister; member, Inner Temple; member, Criminal Bar Association; member, Midland Circuit; member South Eastern Circuit; member, Old Etonian Association; member, Coldstream Guards Association. member, BASC.

Ms Claire Lindley [ICC Vice-Chair]

Barrister

ICC

Employed barrister of the Crown Prosecution Service; Bencher, Gray’s Inn; member, Scholarship Committee and Pension, Gray’s Inn

Mr Edward Levey MA (Cantab); BCL

Barrister (Inner Temple)

Disciplinary / ICC

Self-employed barrister; member, Commercial Bar Association [COMBAR]; member, London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association [LCLCBA]; member, Bar Pro Bono Unit.

Mrs Kathryn King

Lay

Disciplinary / ICC

Doctoral research student, Magdalen College Oxford; Board Member, Office for Students; Tutor, Magdalen College Oxford; Doctoral Researcher, Magdalen College Oxford, funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council [AHRC];

Mr Mohammed Khamisa QC

Chairman (Middle Temple)

Disciplinary / ICC

Partner, Mishcon de Reya LLP; Recorder, Crown Court / County Court [Fee Paid]; Chairman, Code Adjudication Panel of Phone Services Authority [PSA] [Fee Paid]; Deemster [Part time Judge of High Court of Isle of Man] [Fee Paid]; Adviser, Dil Trust Charity [Pro Bono]; British Pakistan Foundation Charity [Pro Bono].

Ms Jennifer Jones MA (Oxon)

Barrister (Lincoln's Inn)

ICC

Self-employed barrister; member, Atkin Chambers; member, Lincoln’s Inn; member, Technology & Construction Bar Association [TECBAR]; member, Commercial Bar Association [COMBAR]; member, Society of Construction Law; Recorder [Midlands Circuit].

Mr Edwin Johnson QC

Chairman

Disciplinary / ICC

Barrister; member, Property Bar Association; member, Chancery Bar Association; member, Professional Negligence Bar Association.

Mr Jonathan Holl-Allen QC

Chairman (Inner Temple)

Disciplinary / ICC

Member, Professional Negligence Bar Association [PNBA]; Member, London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association [LCLCBA].

Ms Siobhan Heron

Barrister

Disciplinary / ICC

Employed Barrister, working within the Crown Prosecution Service as Head of the Complex Casework Unit; member Middle Temple

Ms Sally Harrison QC

Chairman

Disciplinary / ICC

Practising Barrister; Head of Chambers – St Johns Buildings; Member, Family Law Bar Association.

Ms Saima Hanif

Barrister

Disciplinary / ICC

Barrister of Lincoln’s Inn; Member, FSLA, COMBAR, ALBA.

Mr John Hamilton

Barrister

ICC

Barrister; First Tier Tribunal Judge [part time]; specialist lay member, Mental Health Review Tribunal; lay member, Parking Adjudictor [part time]; Associate Hospital Manager, East London Mental Health Trust; member, Family Law Bar Association; member, Anti Slavery International.

Ms Janine Green

Lay

Disciplinary / ICC

Self-employed Lay Member; Lay Member, Scottish 1st Tier Property Tribunal; Member, Independent Appeals Panel for the Department for Transport; Subject Matter Expert, Metropolitan Police; Lay Member, West Midlands Police Ethics Committee; Trustee, ASB Help; Consultant, Council and Housing Associations [in relation to Community Safety];

Mr Jonathan Glasson QC

Chairman (Middle Temple)

Disciplinary / ICC

Member, Human Rights Lawyers Association [HRLA]; Member, Inquest Lawyers Group; Member, Professional Negligence Bar Association [PNBA]; Supporter, Labour Party.

Mr Michael Gibbon QC

Chairman (Gray's Inn)

Disciplinary / ICC

Self-employed barrister; Committee member, Chancery Bar Association; member, Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR); member, Wales and Chester Circuit; Bencher, Lincoln’s Inn, Governor, King’s College School Cambridge; Council member, Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion.

 

Dr Howard Freeman JP, MA[Cantab], MB, BS, FRCGP

Lay

ICC

Clinical Director, NHS Partners Network – NHS Confederation; Chair, Interim Orders Panel – GMC; Chair, Fitness to Practise Panel – NMC AND GMC; Professional Member, Care Standard, Primary Health List, Crime Injury Compensation Authority, War Pension, Social Security; Justice of the Peace, central London Bench; member, National Liberal Club; member, BMA; member, Conservative Medical Society (former national chair);

Mr John Foy QC

Chairman

Disciplinary / ICC

Barrister of Gray’s Inn; Member PIBA and PNBA.

Ms Hayley Firman

Barrister

Disciplinary / ICC

Employed Barrister; Head of RSPCA Prosecutions; Member, Inner Temple.

Ms Lyndsey de Mestre QC QC

Chairman

Disciplinary / ICC

Barrister, Mediator and Arbitrator; member, Middle Temple; Chancellor, St Albans Diocese [Church of England judicial part time appointment]; Legally Qualified Chair, Police Misconduct Panel [Eastern Region – part time tribunal chair]; member, Chancery Bar Association; member, Association of Contentions Trusts and Probate Specialists; member, Ecclesiastical Judges Association; member, Ecclesiastical Lawyers Association; member, Arbitral Women; member, LCIA; member, Civil Mediation Council; member, Bar Choral Society.

Mr Tom Crowther QC

Chairman

Disciplinary / ICC

QC; member, Inner Temple; Immigration Judge [2006-2013]; Recorder [2009-2013]; Circuit Judge [2013-2018]; Associate Judge, Sovereign Base Areas Akrotiri and Dhekelia [2016-to date]; Chair, Independent Inquiry – Telford Child Sexual Exploitation; member, Cardiff University School of Psychology Research Ethics Committee; member, UK Environmental Law Association [UKELA]; member, Chartered Institute of Trading Standards.

Mr Ian Clarke QC [ICC Chair] LLB Hons, FCI Arb

Barrister (Lincoln’s Inn)

ICC

Self-employed barrister; Judge, First-tier Tribunal [Property Chamber]; member, Professional Negligence Bar Association; member, Chancery Bar Association; member, Association of Contentious Trust & Probate Specialists; member, member, Property Bar Association; member, Bar Pro Bono Unit; Bencher, Lincoln’s Inn; reviewer, Bar Pro Bono Unit; member, Conservative Party.

Mr Peter Causton

Barrister

Disciplinary / ICC

Barrister of Middle Temple; Director, Promedite [UK] Ltd. [Mediation Provider]; Consultant, Southerns Solicitors; Deputy District Judge, Northern Circuit; Treasurer, UK Association of Fee Paid Judges; Member, Law Society Council; Member, Civil Mediation Council;

Mrs Helen Carter-Shaw MA (Cantab)

Lay

ICC

Company Director, Jigsaw Management Services Ltd – offering consultancy and project management services to (mainly) public and 3rd sector organisations; member; Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) Disciplinary Committee; Chair, ACCA admissions and licensing, disciplinary and appeals committee; specialist lay member, Mental Health Tribunal.

Mr Geoffrey Brighton

Lay

Disciplinary / ICC

Member, Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service; Judicial Appointments Commission; Penwith Education Trust; Chair, Housing Group, Madron Neighbourhood Planning Board; Fellow, Chartered Institute of Housing.

Ms Sarah Baalham

Lay

Disciplinary / ICC

Lay Member, Nursing and Midwifery Council Test of Competence Assurance Advisory Group; Lay Member, General Dental Council Fitness to Practise Panel; Chair, Health and Care Professions Council Fitness to Practise Panel; Disability Qualified Tribunal Member, Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Service; Lay Member, NHS Advisory Committee for Clinical Excellence.