Barristers act as self-employed legal profesionals.Barristers who practise as advocates in all courts have rights of audience in all uk courts representing clients in civil and criminal cases. Barristers work usually comes to them from solicitors as clients are not usually allowed to contact barristers directly.
Barristers mostly advice as advocates in court and give objective opinion on legal issues.
- The academic stage- can be a law degree.
- The prospective barrister must then become a member of an Inn of Court.
- The vocational stage- tests skills, such as advocacy- one year Bar vocational course.
- The professional stage- one year pupillage, shadowing a practising barrister.
- The barrister is then fully qualified and is able to present clients in court.