Dame Ann Ebsworth Memorial Lecture

"Good Form: How to demonstrate you are a STAR"

Tuesday 18th July

Inner Temple Hall

The SEC and CBA have recognised the endless forms which our members must complete in order to apply successfully for positions, including,
Silk applications, Recorder applications, Judicial applications, Legal assessor applications, CPS grading applications.
We are delighted to announce an hour-long lecture, provided by Tracy Ayling QC of 2 Bedford Row and Jessica Walker, Head of Advocacy, CPS on precisely these matters.  Tracy will speak at length on how to project your skills in written form.  As is usually the case, first impressions are made from your application and we believe this lecture/training session will assist our members with ongoing career goals.

Click here for the Powerpoint Presentation created for this talk and by Tracy Ayling QC. 
Dame Ann Marian Ebsworth, DBE (19 May 1937 - April 2002) was a British barrister and judge. In 1992, she became the sixth female High Court judge, and the first to be assigned to the Queen's Bench Division.

Ebsworth's father, Arthur Ebsworth, was an officer in the Royal Marines. She was raised as a Roman Catholic and educated at Notre Dame Convent, Worth, West Sussex and at Portsmouth High School, and read history at the University of London. She was called to the Bar at Gray's Inn in 1962, where she was later a bencher. She practised mainly in Liverpool, concentrating on criminal work. She became head of her chambers, but did not become a QC.
She became a Recorder in the Crown Court in 1978, and a circuit judge in 1983. She served on the Mental Health Review Tribunal from 1975 to 1983, and on the Parole Board from 1989 to 1992.

She was appointed a High Court judge in 1992, becoming the sixth female High Court judge after Elizabeth Lane, Rose Heilbron, Margaret Booth, Elizabeth Butler-Sloss and Joyanne Bracewell. All previous female High Court judges were appointed to the Family Division, although many were more experienced in non-family matters.

Ebsworth was the first to be assigned to the Queen's Bench Division. Upon her appointment, as is conventional, Ebsworth was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

In later life, she was involved in teaching advocacy in Gray's Inn and for the South Eastern Circuit, particularly at an annual course at Keble College, Oxford.
She retired in 2001 due to mesothelioma, and died in 2002, aged 64. She never married.