A lawyer who is entitled to represent clients in all of the courts.

Barristers in England and Wales are specialist lawyers in advocacy and represent clients in court. They offer independent legal advice and are hired by solicitors on behalf of their clients, or members of the public can approach them directly to get advice and representation in court.

Many barristers are self-employed working from offices called chambers which they may share with other barristers. Government departments also employ barristers as do other agencies such as the Crown Prosecution Service and nowadays many public organisations employ their own barristers.

To become a barrister you will require a law degree and will also have to complete extensive training and work experience. There are three stages that must be completed to become a barrister, the Academic requirements, Vocational requirements and the professional requirements or Pupillage.

From 2018 training for the Bar will be changing. Future ways to qualify as a barrister.

Barristers usually specialise in a particular area of the law such as commercial law, criminal law, family law and personal injury law to name but a few.

A barrister's work is varied and includes taking instructions from clients and their solicitors and being able to understand the law and interpret it. They will research relevant points of law from previous similar cases, detailing their opinions regarding the case and providing advice to solicitors and clients. A barrister will prepare the case for court consulting with clients, preparing legal arguments and advising their client regarding the strength of their case ready to represent them in court. At the end of the case, having examined the witnesses and presented the arguments in court, the barrister will be responsible for summing up the reasons why his client should not be found guilty. A barrister will also try to negotiate settlements wherever possible.

Their working hours can be long especially when starting on their career. During their final stage of training (pupillage) their salary will be around £12,000 per annum and in their first years of practice their earnings will vary widely according to their specialist area and their reputation. They will earn anything between £28,000 to £200,000 per annum.


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Your career as a barrister - The Bar Council

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