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Barristers' clerk

Barristers' clerks deal with the admin in barristers' offices and organise the barristers' workload.

Potential salary

£15,000 to £60,000

Employment by 2024

+3.38%

Working hours

39 to 41 a week

  • 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.

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