A barristers' clerk deals with the admin in barristers' offices and organises the workload there.

What does a barristers’ clerk do?

The day-to-day duties in this role could include:

  • preparing papers and taking books, documents and robes to and from court
  • messenger work (collecting and delivering documents by hand)
  • photocopying, filing and dealing with letters, e-mails 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
  • liaising between solicitors, clients and their barristers
  • reorganising barristers' schedules when necessary

What do I need to do to become a barristers’ clerk?

You will need good spoken and written communication skills. You will also need good time-management skills. Most offices will expect you to have at least four GCSEs, although many barristers’ clerks have higher qualifications, such as A levels or degrees.

It would also be useful to have some experience in court administration, legal secretarial work, accounts or management.

Related skills

  • Attention to detail
  • Communication
  • Organisation
  • Teamwork
  • Time management

Academic route

  • Four GCSEs (A-C), including maths and English

Desirable qualifications

  • A levels
  • A degree

Where to find out more

Where could I be working?

You might be working for barristers’ chambers, courts or solicitors.

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