Deal with the administration in barristers' offices and organise the barristers' workload.

In Scotland, the equivalent role is advocate's clerk.

Day-to-Day Activities

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • preparing papers and taking books, documents and robes to and from court
  • collecting and delivering documents by hand (messenger work)
  • 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 barrister
  • reorganising barristers' schedules when necessary
  • if you are a senior barristers' clerk (chambers director or practice manager), your duties may include - recruiting, training and supervising junior clerks; bringing business into chambers; allocating cases to barristers; negotiating fees; and financial management of the chambers.

Technology Skills

  • Analytical or scientific software: e.g. LexisNexis CourtLink Strategic Profiles, Litigation support software
  • Data base user interface and query software: e.g. Data entry software, LexisNexis CaseMap, Microsoft Access
  • Desktop publishing software: e.g. Digital contract software, Microsoft Publisher, ProForce Paralegal Pro-Pack
  • Document management software: e.g. Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat, LexisNexis HotDocs
  • Office suite software: e.g. Corel Office Suite, LibreOffice, Microsoft Office,

Employment Prospects

  • 74,438 barrister's clerks are employed in the UK.
  • New job opportunities are very likely in the future.

Working Environment

  • 9 to 5
  • Office
  • Overtime

Time - Average of 38 hours per week.

Compare with the paid time worked by full-time employees in the UK.

Pay - Average of £620 per week.

Compare with the pay, excluding overtime, for full-time employees across the UK.


Route to Employment

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Other Information

You could start as an admin assistant in a legal office and take further training on the job to work your way up. Paid or unpaid work experience in barristers' offices, may give you an advantage when applying for jobs. Some employers may expect you to have a university degree. A course in law or a related subject can be useful, but is not always essential.

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Skills Needed

Skills Key:

  • Oral Communication
  • Written Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Judgment & Decision Making
  • Organisation & Time Management
  • Problem Solving
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Teamwork

Interests Needed

Interests Key:

  • Conventional
  • Investigative
  • Enterprising

Knowledge Needed

Knowledge Key:

  • English Language
  • Law and Government
  • Clerical
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Mathematics
  • Communications and Media
  • Administration and Management

Abilities Needed

Abilities Key:

  • Near Vision
  • Oral Expression
  • Written Comprehension
  • Oral Comprehension
  • Written Expression
  • Category Flexibility
  • Speech Recognition
  • Problem Sensitivity

Work Styles Needed

Work Styles Key:

  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Initiative
  • Cooperation
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Persistence
  • Independence

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