Barristers provide legal advice to clients and Solicitors, and represent people or organisations in court.
Barristers are mostly self-employed, hired by Solicitors or members of the public to represent a case in court. Other barristers are employed by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), the Government Legal Service (GLS) or other organisations.
The responsibilities of a Barrister may vary depending on the area of expertise and where they practice. A criminal law barrister will spend much more time in court than those in other sectors, for example.
The starting salary (pupillage) of a Barrister is around £12,000 - £45,000, with the average salary at £52,581. Experienced Barristers can expect to earn in excess of £250,000.
*Data gathered from Simply Law Jobs records for the 12 months previous.