- excellent verbal communication skills
- excellent written communication skills
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- knowledge of English language
- administration skills
- the ability to work well with others
- legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- the ability to use your initiative
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
In this role you could be:
- preparing papers and taking books, documents and robes to and from court
- messenger work (collecting and delivering documents by hand)
- photocopying, filing and dealing with letters, emails and phone calls
- handling accounts, invoices and petty cash
- collecting fees
- organising the law library
- managing each barrister's daily diary and keeping their case information up-to-date
- dealing with solicitors, clients and their barristers
- reorganising barristers' schedules when necessary
You could work at chambers, in an office or in a court.
With experience, you might become a senior barristers' clerk, chambers director or practice manager. In this role, you'll spend time:recruiting, training and supervising junior clerks; bringing business into chambers; allocating cases to barristers; negotiating fees
You'll also be responsible for the financial management of the chambers.
You can find out more about working as a clerk in a barristers' office from the Institute of Barristers' Clerks.