Kalisher Prizewinners of 2011
Baroness Deech with the 2011 winners

We run a series of internships with leading legal organisations, work with schools and academies to inspire the barristers and jurors of the future, and provide advocacy training for fledgling barristers.


Our awards are intended to encourage and assist those intending to practice at the criminal Bar who demonstrate “exceptional promise but modest means”. Amongst the qualities we look for in candidates are:-

(a) Intellectual ability – demonstrated by academic performance, past work, activities and other experience.
(b) Motivation to succeed at the criminal Bar – including steps taken to acquire the personal skills required of a Barrister, and a demonstration of the will to succeed.
(c) Potential as an advocate – both in oral and written skills.
(d) Personal qualities – including self-reliance, independence, integrity, reliability and humanity.
(e) Financial need – candidates will be asked to supply to the interview panel, in confidence, information demonstrating financial need.


Details of awards made can be found here.

Annual Presentation

Our prizes are presented by the speaker at the Kalisher Lecture, which marks the start of the Criminal Bar Association’s annual Winter Lecture series. Past speakers have included:

Attorney General Jeremy Wright, MP
Martin Shaw
Lord Macdonald of River Glaven QC
The Rt Hon the Lord Bingham of Cornhill
The Rt Hon the Lord Philips of Worth Matravers
The Rt Hon the Lord Steyn
The Rt Hon the Lord Judge of Draycote
The Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP


The Kalisher Essay Competition

Each year, the Trust runs an essay competition for pupils at criminal chambers.

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

A title is chosen on a topical subject that impacts directly on the work of the criminal practitioner.

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 are presented at the Kalisher Lecture, along with the Scholarships and Bursaries.


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