Showbusiness beckons barristers in Inner Temple’s Got Talent contest

Barristers are to show off their hidden talents at an Inner Temple’s Got Talent event in November, with a magic circle magician the first to sign-up. 

The night of entertainment has been advertised on the Inner Temple website for several days, but so far only one magician has signed up.

“People tend to sign up nearer the time when they know what their work load is,” said event organiser Catherine Gallagher in an email. “It’s  a great way of keeping in touch with members who don’t often have cause to come to the Inn, such as Nigel Osner – a non-practising barrister member who does a one-man show.”

The last event, held in 2011, featured a highland fling, an opera singer and a comedy monologue. 5RB barrister Heather Oliver helped select the acts, with the evening attracting around 120 audience members and 15 performers.

Earlier this year Landmark Chambers’ Katrina Yates, a show-stopping singer who doubles up as one of the bar’s up-and-coming property and Chancery advocates, sung at the legal market’s battle of the bands event Law Rocks (14 June 2013).

Sadly for Landmark Chambers’ band The Alibis, the judges felt that the rest of the band failed to match her stellar talents.

“You may have a deputy High Court judge [Rhodri Price Lewis QC] on lead guitar but you are the star,” quipped one.

Meanwhile talents at Keating Chambers include band pipes, a Welsh singer and a barrister who speaks five languages, while head of Henderson Chambers Charlie Gibson QC is known for his boxing skills and electric drum kit. 

Other talents that the biannual event attracts include comedians, pianists and poets.

A 27-year-old criminal lawyer in Australia made the headlines earlier this year for living a double life as barrister by day, pop star by night.

Inner Temple’s Got Talent will be held on 26 November.