the most senior of the three types of membership of the Inn. Also known as Master of the Bench. Elected from amongst the barrister members to the Bench of the Inn by fellow Benchers (see The legal profession to 1850). In addition a number of Honorary Benchers are chosen from those distinguished outside the Inn, whilst individual members of the British royal family may be admitted as Royal Benchers
A bencher or Master of the Bench is a senior member of an Inn of Court. Benchers hold office for life, and a bencher is usually a barrister from the relevant Inn. Others may be elected as honorary benchers.