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Barrister's clerk

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Barrister's clerks run the day to day administration tasks for barristers at offices called chambers.

Average salary (a year)

£20,000 Starter


£40,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

39 to 41 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends occasionally

How to become

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How to become a barrister's clerk

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role


Some employers may expect you to have a university degree. A course in law or a related subject can be useful but is not essential.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree

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You may need to have A levels or equivalent qualifications.

Subjects you could consider include:

  • A level Law
  • T level in Management and Administration
  • level 3 Diploma in Business Administration
  • level 3 Certificate or Diploma in Law or Applied Law

Entry requirements

You may need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course

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You could get into this job through a higher apprenticeship in business administration or a law related higher apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship

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You could start as an admin assistant in a law office and train more on the job to work your way up.

You'll usually need:

  • 4 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) or equivalent, including maths and English
  • experience in administration, legal secretary work, accounting or management

Paid or unpaid work experience in barrister chambers may give you an advantage when you apply for jobs.

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Further information

You can find out more about working as a clerk in a barristers' office from the Institute of Barristers' Clerks.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • excellent written communication skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • administration skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this role you could:

  • take books, documents and robes to and from court
  • prepare, collect and deliver documents by hand
  • photocopy, file and deal with letters, emails and phone calls
  • collect fees, handle accounts, invoices and petty cash
  • organise the law library
  • manage each barrister's diary and keep their case information up to date
  • deal with solicitors, clients and their barristers

Working environment

You could work at chambers, in an office or in a court.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience, you might become a senior barrister's clerk, chambers director or practice manager.

As a senior clerk, you'll:

  • recruit, train and supervise junior clerks
  • bring business into chambers
  • allocate cases to barristers
  • manage finances and negotiate fees

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