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.

Jodie Mittell

Circuit Junior

Jodie Mittell of 3PB Barristers, Winchester is the Circuit Junior with responsibility for the day to day operation of the Circuit and its financial affairs.  Jodie was called to the Bar in 2004 (Inner Temple) and practises in crime.  She was appointed Deputy District Judge (Magistrates Courts) in 2017 and is an experienced advocacy trainer for Circuit.

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: Piers Norsworthy, Devon Chambers
  • Family: Carla Flexman, Colleton Chambers
  • Civil: James Counsell QC, Outer Temple Chambers
  • Employment: Matt Jackson, Albion Chambers

Constituency Members

  • London: Barry McElduff, 2 King’s Bench Walk
  • Hants, Wilts & Dorset: Ellena Pearson, KBG Chambers
  • Devon & Cornwall: Holly Rust, Devon Chambers
  • Bristol, Somerset & Gloucestershire: Richard Posner, Crown Prosecution Service

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: Laura Searle, Walnut House
  • Bristol: Alex West, Albion Chambers
  • Hampshire, Wilts & Dorset: Tim Akers, Pump Court Chambers

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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