COVID-19 Update

5 November 2020

ICCA staff are happy to deal with any queries you may have relating to their Bar Course or CPD projects. Do email us at

Health Guidance

We wish you all good health and urge you to keep up to date with the PHE and government advice and to take care of your mental health.

Click here for helpful resources for students to tackle mental health and wellbeing issues during the Covid-19 outbreak.

A new national lockdown has been imposed from Thursday 5 November until 2 December. You can find the provisions here.

Bar Course

We are in regular contact with the Bar Standards Board and we are monitoring updates to their Covid-19 information.

We are planning for the December 2020 sits of the new Bar training exams – two Civil papers and one Crime paper – on 4, 7 and 9 December at four different locations.

Cycle 2 ICCA Bar students are currently enrolling on to their Course and we look forward to meeting them in December and for them to start their Part One studies in January 2021.

Our Open Day is looking fantastic and we hope that you may be able to join us on 21 November.

Applications for entry to the next two ICCA Bar Courses have been open since 2 November and will close in January 2021. We have already received lots of applications and look forward to meeting those invited to Selection in early March 2021. If you want to know more about the Bar Course, do look at some of our outreach events and sign up to the webinars.


This week saw unprecedented attendance at the ICCA’s Experts Webinar and a recording will be made available shortly for anyone who missed it. Speakers included Richard Indge from EY, Professor Jane L Hutton and Lady Justice Geraldine Andrews DBE.  What a fitting swansong it was from our outgoing Vice Chair of Governors for SBA’s, the wonderful, Andrew Hochhauser QC. Andrew becomes Treasurer of Middle Temple in January 2021 and we send him all our best wishes for his new role at the Inn.

To celebrate the contributions of two world famous and iconic lawyers, Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Lady Brenda Hale, we will be bringing you a specially commissioned film before the end of the year, which we have called, ‘Experts in Advocacy’. It features a collection of precious guidance and advice from some of the UK’s most eminent barristers and judges including some rising stars of the future, all of whom are women.

We pay tribute to two remarkable women who brought about significant change to gender rights and attitudes to equality and diversity:

Ruth Bader-Ginsberg
Ruth Bader-Ginsburg (RGB) directed the Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union during the 1970s, leading the fight against gender discrimination and successfully arguing six landmark cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in 1980, she served there until 1993, when she progressed to the Supreme Court. She was the first Jewish woman and the second woman to serve on the Court.

Brenda Hale, Baroness Hale of Richmond DBE PC FBA
Lady Hale became a household name in more recent times and is perhaps best known for her judgment in the 2019 ‘prorogation case’ where she declared as unlawful the government’s suspension of parliament. She is also famous for the ‘spider brooch’ she wore to deliver her judgment. She has long been a trailblazer in law, arguing too for the judiciary to become more diverse, both in terms of gender and ethnicity. Lady Hale was the first woman to be a Law Commissioner, the first female Law Lord and she served as Deputy President of the Supreme Court from 2014 before becoming the first woman President in 2017. She retired in 2020 and serves as a member of the House of Lords as a Lord Temporal.

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