Strength in numbers

27 Oct 2009

“Outside London, there is a feeling among some people that the South East Circuit is London. It is not. We ensure that it isn’t.” This is a message that the leader of the circuit, Stephen Leslie QC, is keen to convey. Too many people, he says, think of the South East Circuit simply as “London with a bolt-on”. But this perception is far from the reality: just four of the circuit’s 11 county divisions – or ‘messes’, as they are better known – are in London.

The 11 messes are divided up as follows: in London, there’s the Central London mess, Surrey & South London, North London, and the Central Criminal Court. Outside London the messes are Kent, Sussex, Thames Valley, Essex, East Anglia, Hertfordshire & Bedfordshire, and Cambridge & Pe...

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