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.
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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.
*Simply Law Jobs data 2018