• Barristers’ clerks offer support services to self-employed barristers such as managing diaries, liaising with court staff, negotiating fees and collecting payment on the barristers’ behalf. Barristers and clerks work closely together, including in relation to development of an individual barrister’s practice. Clerks also often help with administration and decision making within chambers.

    Some clerks enter the clerking profession straight from school and start in junior roles undertaking office support roles as well as helping transport barristers’ papers to and from court. An increasing number of clerks are recruited as graduates or from other professions.

    Introductory training is available in the form of BTEC qualification designed specifically for barristers’ clerks. Further information, including a list of job vacancies can be found on the website of the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks at www.ibc.org.uk. Jobs are also available through legal recruitment agencies or advertised on chambers’ websites.