• Some commercial barristers work in salaried employment rather than in self-employed independent practice. Essentially, instead of supplying legal services to a range of potential clients, employed barristers only do so to a single entity, their employer.  They are subject to most of the same regulatory supervision and oversight as self-employed barristers. Around 20% of all barristers are at the employed bar although it is fair to say that in the commercial sphere the proportion is fewer.

    Some organisations such as the Government Legal Service offer pupillages to prospective employed barristers, although it is more common for barristers to transfer to the employed bar after qualification. Other organisations employing barristers include charities, solicitors’ firms and the Bank of England.