• “Diligent, skilled and committed advocates are essential to the smooth running of the courts, and the effective administration of justice.

    It is also vital to recruit talented and able young lawyers from every social background so that the profession, and ultimately the judiciary, reflects the diversity of the society it serves.

    I was a great admirer of Michael Kalisher, and I warmly support the continuing work of the Trust in providing financial help to young members of the criminal Bar.”

    The Rt. Hon Lord Judge, former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales.

    The Rt. Hon Lord Judge, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales
  • The Kalisher Trust exists to help people qualify as barristers and begin their professional career at the Criminal Bar.

    Set up in 1996, the Kalisher Trust helps talented students otherwise unable to come to the criminal Bar due to financial constraints.

    We are immensely proud of the work we do, which identifies and encourages the brightest and best, regardless of background. Our role is to support talent, wherever we find it, and to ensure it nurtured, encouraged, and used, in the best and proudest traditions of the Criminal Bar, for the public good.

    The Kalisher Trust
  • This year’s competition is now open for submissions. The question is

    “Sunscreen for rooftop protestors!” Have we become over exposed to the Human Rights Act? Time for some legislative screening or are we better off staying in the shade?

    Entries must be received by the 12th of September 2014.

    The prize is £3,000, with a second prize of £1,500 for the runner-up.

    Entry is limited to those currently undergoing pupillage in criminal chambers and chambers must sponsor their entrants (a maximum of 2) at £100 per pupil. Each essay must be no more than 2,000 words long.

    The entries are judged by the Kalisher Trustees, and the prizes will be presented at the Kalisher Lecture, along with the Scholarships and Bursaries.

    The Kalisher Essay Competition

Theatrical Event May 2014

The Kalisher Trust has recently hosted the 2014 theatrical event, an evening of drama, intrigue, and comedy in Agatha Christie’s radio play “Witness For The Prosecution” starring Martin Shaw and the Kalisher Players.

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The Kalisher Essay Competition

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This year's competition is now open for submissions. The question is "Sunscreen for rooftop protestors!" Have we become over exposed to the Human Rights Act? Time for some legislative screening or are we better off staying in the shade? Entries must be received by the 12th of September 2014. The prize is £3,000, with a second prize of £1,500 … read more....

Richard Clare Exhibition

Autumn Colours: the Lakes

The Trust is delighted to announce that Richard Clare will hold an exhibition of new works at 18 Red Lion Court from the 3rd October 2014. Richard has kindly agreed to donate 25% of the profit to the Trust.  The new works will include images of the Old Bailey. For more information about the exhibition, […]