Category Archives: The Employed Bar

Building and managing a practice at the employed Bar

How to develop advocacy skills at the Employed Bar All barristers are subject to the same rules on compulsory training during pupillage and in the early years of practice. See the ongoing training section on the How to Conduct Yourself as a Pupil page of the Toolkit. Employed barristers are also required to comply with the mandatory continuing professional development requirements

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Financial affairs, accounting and tax for the employed Bar

Generally, the financial affairs of employed barristers are much more straightforward than those of their self-employed colleagues.  However, barristers moving from the self-employed to employed Bar should consider retaining an accountant during the transition period, as these barristers may have to continue filing tax returns for a short period following the transition. Barristers employed under a contract of employment will

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Regulatory issues

There is useful guidance on authorisation to practise issues at: https://www.barstandardsboard.org.uk/regulatory-requirements/for-barristers/practising-certificate/authorisation-to-practise/frequently-asked-questions-authorisation-to-practise-201617/ The right to conduct litigation Employed barristers should take particular note that they may need to apply to the Bar Standards Board (BSB) for the right to conduct litigation.  What constitutes ‘litigation’ is a question of law, and is therefore not specifically defined by the BSB, but as a general

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Where you can find support when things go wrong

Employed barristers should in the first instance seek help and support within the support networks of the employer organisation, such as line management chains and mentoring groups.  Many organisations will also have confidential internal reporting systems if discretion is required. Where that is not possible, or not appropriate, there are a number of impartial third party sources of help.  For

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What is an employed barrister?

The BSB Handbook defines an employed barrister as a barrister employed in either an authorised non-BSB body, a BSB authorised body or a non-authorised body “who supplies legal services as a barrister in the course of his employment.” In all cases the definition encompasses both those who are employed under a contract of employment and those employed “under a written

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