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Barristers: Training Routes
There are two routes to becoming a Barrister:
A-Levels A-Levels
Law Degree Non-Law Degree
CPE/GDL
Join one of the 4 inns of
court; dine 12 times to be
"called to the bar"
Join an inn of court
Bar Vocational Course
(BVC) Bar Vocational Course (BVC)
1 year of pupillage 1 year of Pupillage
Qualification Qualification…read more

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Barristers: What do they do?
Usually self-employed working in Chambers
Generally concentrate on advocacy: they,
unlike the majority of solicitors, have "full
rights of audience"…read more

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Barristers: Taking Silk
Must work as a junior barrister for at least ten
years
Then can apply to take silk [become a QC].
Junior Barristers [and solicitors with an
advocacy qualification] must pay a fee of
£2,500
Must complete an interview; names are then
submitted to the Lord Chancellor…read more

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Barristers: Complaints
Barristers can, since Hall v Simons (2000) be
sued for negligent work in court.
If the barrister himself does not deal suitably
with a complaint , there is the Bar Standards
Board which can order a Barrister to pay up to
£5000 in compensation.
Barristers may also be disciplined by the
Senate of the Inns of Court in serious cases
where the Barrister fails to maintain the
standards laid out by their Code of Conduct.…read more

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Barristers: Complaints
Where the official channels have been unable
to get an answer, there is also the Legal
Services Ombudsman.
Barristers are regulated by the Bar Society.…read more

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