Where do barristers practise?
About 80% of barristers are self-employed. The rest
are employed in industry, commerce or central or local
government. The work of an employed barrister can vary
greatly. The majority work in specialist legal departments,
advising only the organisation for which they work,
whilst others work in solicitors firms, advising clients
directly. Please click here for more information on the
Barristers can also work in an employed capacity in a Legal
Disciplinary Practice (LDP). Most LDPs are regulated by the
Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and are distinguished
from law firms by rules permitting non-lawyers to
hold ownership interests. Barrister can become an owners or
managers of LDPs.
Self-employed barristers work in offices called 'chambers',
which they may share with other barristers. On completion of their
training, barristers apply for a permanent position known as
'tenancy' in a set of chambers. Please click here for
more information on the self-employed Bar.