Deal with the administration in barristers' offices and organise the barristers' workload.
In Scotland, the equivalent role is advocate's clerk.
Your day-to-day duties could include:
- preparing papers and taking books, documents and robes to and from court
- collecting and delivering documents by hand (messenger work)
- photocopying, filing and dealing with letters, emails 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
- dealing with solicitors, clients and their barrister
- reorganising barristers' schedules when necessary
- if you are a senior barristers' clerk (chambers director or practice manager), your duties may include - recruiting, training and supervising junior clerks; bringing business into chambers; allocating cases to barristers; negotiating fees; and financial management of the chambers.
- Analytical or scientific software: e.g. LexisNexis CourtLink Strategic Profiles, Litigation support software
- Data base user interface and query software: e.g. Data entry software, LexisNexis CaseMap, Microsoft Access
- Desktop publishing software: e.g. Digital contract software, Microsoft Publisher, ProForce Paralegal Pro-Pack
- Document management software: e.g. Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat, LexisNexis HotDocs
- Office suite software: e.g. Corel Office Suite, LibreOffice, Microsoft Office, OpenOffice.org
- 74,438 barrister's clerks are employed in the UK.
- New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
- 9 to 5
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Route to Employment
You could start as an admin assistant in a legal office and take further training on the job to work your way up. Paid or unpaid work experience in barristers' offices, may give you an advantage when applying for jobs. Some employers may expect you to have a university degree. A course in law or a related subject can be useful, but is not always essential.
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