Western Circuit

Circuit Officers

Kate Brunner QC


Kate Brunner QC is Leader of Circuit with effect from 1 October 2019. Kate was called to the Bar in 1997 (Inner Temple) and practises from Albion Chambers, Bristol. She practises in crime, regulatory work, child law, and inquests. She took silk in 2015 and in the same year set up the Western Circuit Women’s Forum.

Bathsheba Cassel

Circuit Junior

Bathsheba Cassel of Walnut House, Exeter, is the Circuit Junior with responsibility for the day-to-day operation of the Circuit and its financial affairs . Bathsheba was called to the Bar in 2005 (Inner Temple) and practises in crime. She was the Area Bar Junior for Devon and Cornwall between 2014 and 2017.

Emma Martin

Wine Treasurer

Emma Martin of Albion Chambers Taunton is wine treasurer with responsibility for all social events on Circuit. Emma was called to the Bar in 2002 (Lincoln’s Inn) and joined Circuit in 2004.  She practises in crime including courts martial.

Practice Area Members

  • Crime: Mike Forster, 12CP Barristers
  • Family: Melissa Barlow, 3 Paper Buildings
  • Civil: Matthew Cannings, 3 Paper Buildings
  • Employment: Heather Platt, Pump Court Chambers

Constituency Members

  • London & Hampshire: Matthew Jewell QC, Drystone Chambers and Barry McElduff, 2 King’s Bench Walk
  • Hants, Wilts & Dorset: David Richards, 3 Paper Buildings
  • Devon & Cornwall: Hollie Gilbery, KBG Chambers
  • Bristol, Somerset & Gloucestershire: Christopher Quinlan QC, Guildhall Chambers and Anjali Gohil, Guildhall Chambers

Bar Council Representatives

  • Silk Rep: Kate Lumsdon QC, 23 Essex Street
  • Junior Rep: Susan Jones, 3 Paper Buildings
  • Young Bar Committee: Lucy Conroy, 12CP Barristers

Area Bar Juniors

  • Devon & Cornwall: Brian Fitzherbert, Walnut House
  • Bristol: Alex West, Albion Chambers
  • Hampshire, Wilts & Dorset: Susan Jones, 3 Paper Buildings

Training & Education

  • Director of Training: Anna Vigars QC, Guildhall Chambers
  • New Practitioners: Criminal – Jo Martin QC, Devon Chambers
  • Civil: Hugh Sims QC, Guildhall Chambers and Peter Jennings, 3 Paper Buildings


  • Charlotte Feest

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