As a fully-qualified barrister, the final stage in pursuing your career is to secure a tenancy in chambers or in employment.
Becoming a Barrister
As a barrister at the independent bar, you are self-employed and effectively run your own business. Once you have secured a place in chambers, you are able to share the cost of offices, clerks and bills with the other members of your chambers.
Opportunities for tenancy can be as competitive as other areas of your training. Sometimes, you may be offered tenancy at the chambers in which you completed your pupillage. Otherwise, you must seek out a tenancy as you would other forms of employment; applications to specific chambers which may specialise in your area of law and responding to advertisments in legal publications or on websites.
A barrister at the employed bar works directly within a commercial company or public sector organisation. At senior levels, an employed barrister may manage a team or become involved in the development of legal policy or strategy for that organisation.
New Practitioner Training
As a newly qualified practitioner at the independent or employed bar, you must complete 45 hours of continuing professional development (CPD) each year for your first 3 years including at least 9 hours of Advocacy Training and 3 hours of Ethics. After that, you must undertake 12 hours of CPD every year that you continue to practise.