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Barristers Clerk Profile

 
Introduction

This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as an Barristers Clerk. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as an Barristers Clerk
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Barristers Clerk Work Information


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Working Duties Expected

Barristers' clerks organise the workload and day-to-day business in barristers offices, known as chambers. The clerk's role and responsibilities increase with experience.

Junior clerks' duties include:

  • court work preparing papers, carrying books, documents and robes to and from court
  • organising the chamber's law library and administration
  • maintaining accounts, posting invoices and collecting fees
  • messenger work, collecting and delivering documents.


More experienced clerks' duties may include:

  • managing a master diary, including information relevant to specific cases
  • liaising between solicitors, clients and their barristers
  • overseeing petty cash systems
  • searching through published lists of upcoming cases and organising barristers' schedules.


Senior barristers clerks (also known as chambers directors or practice managers) have much influence in chambers. They are responsible for:

  • bringing business into chambers
  • allocating work
  • negotiating fees
  • recruiting, training and supervising junior clerks.


Hours and Environment

Work is normally Monday to Friday; hours can be long and irregular.

Clerks work mainly in chambers but spend some time visiting solicitors' premises, other chambers and the courts. Clerks are expected to dress smartly.

Skills and Interests

To be a barristers' clerk, you should be:

  • confident and have a professional and business-like manner
  • diplomatic when discussing cases
  • able to work closely in a team
  • willing to work late or to take work home
  • computer literate
  • an excellent communicator with a good command of written and spoken English
  • well organised.


Entry

There are no formal entry requirements but chambers expect a good general education, and most require four GCSEs (A-C)/S grades (1-3) in academic subjects including maths and English. Many trainees have A levels; some have degrees.

For details of qualification equivalents see:

Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
Scottish Qualifications Authority
It is unusual for more mature people to train as barristers' clerks. However, occasionally adults with experience in business management, administration or legal secretarial work may move into this occupation.

Training

Once working as a clerk, candidates may join the Institute of Barristers' Clerks (IBC), the professional body representing the occupation.

Training takes place on-the-job under the supervision of a senior clerk. Some junior clerks study part-time to obtain a BTEC National Certificate in Business and Finance. This qualification has been specifically drawn up in collaboration with the IBC. The course includes marketing and chambers administration.

The IBC is considering introducing a new qualification scheme for barristers clerks. In the future it may be possible to take specialist work-based qualifications up to NVQ level 5. Stage one of this training would cover both the knowledge and skills required to carry out the functions of a junior clerk.

The IBC offer a series of short courses and seminars for its members.

Opportunities

Finding a first position can be difficult. The more senior posts may be advertised in the national press, however, most vacancies are filled through a scheme run by the Institute of Barristers' Clerks. Details of vacancies are given to members and to people who join the Institute's mailing list.

It is usual to move to different chambers to gain promotion.

Annual Income

Figures are intended as a guideline only.

Salary rates for barristers clerks start at around £10,000 to £15,000 a year.
Experienced clerks earn around £30,000 to £60.000.
Some senior clerks earn in excess of £100,000.


Further information
The Institute of Barristers' Clerks
2/3 Cursitor Street
London
EC4A 1NE
Tel: 020 7831 7144
www.barristersclerks.com


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