Barrister receives police caution after fight at Middle Temple student qualifying session

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Two barristers got into a fight at a recent Middle Temple bar student qualifying session — with one reportedly receiving a police caution in the wake of the scrap.

The incident took place last Thursday at one of the occasional “private guest night” dinners to which Middle Temple student and barrister members are allowed to bring non-lawyer guests.

One of the guests at the session was a barrister’s girlfriend — with whom another barrister unsuccessfully tried to flirt. This is where things took a turn for the worse. “Sources” tell legal gossip blog RollOnFriday that when the woman rebuffed the rival barrister’s advances and turned her back to him, “he pulled her hair”. At which point the brawl began. The blog adds:

The uncouth gesture sparked a fight with her ‘incensed’ boyfriend which was broken up when a member of the catering staff intervened.

In the aftermath of the melee the police were called and the mystery hair-pulling barrister was apparently cautioned for being drunk and disorderly. However, he escaped being arrested for suspicion of assault.

Middle Temple has declined to issue a comment on the matter.

Update: 10:10am — Ryan Turner, the president of the Middle Temple Students’ Association, has contested the version of events documented in the blogosphere. Turner tells Legal Cheek that at the time of the alleged altercation “there were very few members and guests still present, and the quarrel was between two guest members.” He adds: “The incident was handled discreetly and without incident”.


Lord Blingham

I heard he was punched in the middle of his temple.



Kicked in the qualifying sessions.

Forget it, yours was better.


Luther Blissett

Good effort regardless.



Is Middle Temple hall “a public place” as defined in section 91(4) of the Criminal Justice Act 1967? If not, then the offence wasn’t made out.



Yea. It’s public. Good point though.



Is it public if there is entry restricted by membership?


A. Barrister

Yes. Look it up.



You wouldn’t get this shit at Inner :’)



Haha. Brilliant.



Good thieving from ROF.



It could have been a lot worse: Port could have been seen passing to the right!

Wasn’t Harry Potter filmed at Middle? Perhaps some remaining spell took hold?

As Annonymous says above about Inner, you wouldn’t get any of that shit at Gray”s either :-)…..



That’s because there are only 12 members at Gray’s



And all 12 of those Members rejected membership at the other three Inns.



And they all grabbed those scholarships.

Isn’t Grays still the inn of choice for the Taffs?


Charlotte Proudcunt

The middle temple old boys club bringing women to their events. How dare they.



Hard drinking, sexual tension and fighting. That is the best advertisement for joining Middle I can think of. Application’s in the post.



But does the postal rule apply? 😉



You’re application has been approved


Gray's and Proud

None of that upper class riff raff at Grays- we know how to behave properly cos we weren’t packed off to buggery school and saw our parents more than three times a year!


Grays barrister

Actually I was buggered senseless at Eton.



Who is the loser obsessed with Charlotte Proudman?

Let me guess.

Someone whose closest encounter with a woman is his sock drawer?

Now fuck off back to Middle.




Bravo Shirley, a very fair point very well made!!!


Ms Charlotte Proudperson

But I need people to be obsessed with me! I’ll melt ootherwise!

Gotta make a living, you know!



“The incident was handled discreetly and without incident”.

So was it an incident?


Sheikh Rahtul Ahnrol

All accident and incident can be handled discreetly and without incident with my extra specially absorbent incontinence knicker!

Specially design for posh-type drinky sesh.


Viscount Bartholomew Thwisttletwat

This shameful incident surely sounds the death knell for the Bar as an institution stocked with men of honour, learning and valour. I simply cannot countenance a fellow diner at the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple, with whom his companions would have surely shared bread and salt, committing such a heinous offence against gentlemanly conduct and dining etiquette. I protest it in the strongest possible terms. If this ruffian is truly a man then he will submit himself to the judgment of the entire bench upon the greens of Temple Gardens and beg for mercy for these acts of patent sacrilege. This feckless crime, occasioned with such reckless abandon, deserves no lesser punishment than the most liberal birching that the assembled membership of the bench has the strength to inflict upon this wretch.



Pistols at dawn &c.


Sheikh Rahtul Ahnrol

All shamefulness removed from view by wearing top quality incontinent pant!



Clearly some idiot couldn’t handle their red wine and port.


Sir Ponsonby Smythe-Smallpiece

I soiled my breeches laughing about this!


Mr Pineapples

Having fights and general arsing about is a necessary part of middle temple life. It really is disgusting, so it is.


Lord Harley of Quinn, BFG

None of this nonsense at Lincoln’s my old chaps.

I might suggest a rather gentlemanly boxing match between all four Inns followed by permission to sing boisterously the theme from Blackadder Goes Forth in the style of General Sir Anthony Cecil Hogmanay Melchett. Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa


Laird Lyle of the Isles

I agree with Viscount Thistle of Twat, the ganch ought tae be put in thae stocks o’er night for a right Royal rogering by any and all as please. Pull a wee lassie’s hair. Aw for thae shame of it



Hmm! Consistent with the theft of my wife’s (expensive) coat from the cloakroom some years ago during one of her BVC dinings at said Inn – met with a snooty rebuff by some one-time Major upon my written complaint.
Den of thieves and vagabonds (etcetera?).


Sir John Davies

Pshaw. Child’s play compared to what Richard Martin and myself got up to in 1597: girt with a dagger and armed with a bastianado I struck Martin on the head three or four times til it broke (the bastianado not his head unfortunately), ran down the Hall, then down the water steps and leapt into a boat.,%20on%20the%20masters%20of%20the%20bar&f=false


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