Western Circuit

Circuit Officers

Jo Martin KC

Circuit Leader

Jo Martin KC will be Leader of Circuit with effect from 17 September 2022.  Jo was called to the Bar in 2005 (Middle Temple, admitted as a solicitor 1996) and practises from Devon Chambers, Plymouth.  She practises in crime, regulatory crime and fraud, and complex fact finds in family cases. She took silk in 2018 and has been on the Western Circuit Women’s Forum committee (and latterly co-chair) since its inception.

Natasha Bellinger

Circuit Junior

Natasha Bellinger of Magdalen Chambers, Exeter, is the Circuit Junior, taking up the role in October 2023.  Natasha was called to the Bar in 2012 (Lincoln’s Inn) and is joint head of Magdalen Chambers.  She is a civil practitioner practising predominantly in property and housing law.

Gemma White

Wine Treasurer

Gemma White of 3PB Barristers Winchester is Wine Treasurer with responsibility for all social events on Circuit. Gemma was called to the Bar in 2009 (Inner Temple) and practises in crime, sports and public and regulatory law.

Practice Area Members

  • Crime: Jason Beal, Devon Chambers
  • Family: Sarah Barber, No 18 Chambers
  • Civil: James Counsell KC, Outer Temple Chambers
  • Employment: Matt Jackson, Albion Chambers

Constituency Members

  • London: Kate Lumsdon KC, 23 Essex Street
  • Hants, Wilts & Dorset: Ellena James, 3PB Barristers
  • Devon & Cornwall: Holly Rust, Devon Chambers
  • Bristol, Somerset & Gloucestershire: Richard Posner, Crown Prosecution Service

Bar Council Representatives

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

Area Bar Juniors

  • Devon & Cornwall: Vacant
  • Bristol: Alex West, Albion Chambers
  • Hampshire, Wilts & Dorset: Tim Akers, Pump Court Chambers

Training & Education

  • Director of Training: Anna Vigars KC, Guildhall Chambers
  • New Practitioners: Criminal – HHJ Adam Feest KC
  • New Practitioners: Civil: Hugh Sims KC, Guildhall Chambers and Peter Jennings, 3 Paper Buildings


  • Charlotte Feest

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Western Circuit