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An Insider’s Story – Family Barrister

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Part of our growing Insider Stories, where professionals share their advice and experience

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1 – What is your job?

Family Barrister

 2 – How did you get into it?

I did a joint law degree at university and then went on to do the mandatory law course that is a prerequisite for entry to the Bar… After that you have to do a pupillage for a year in a set of chambers. You apply by completing a form and usually you spend 12 months at one set of chambers, who, if they like you, may take you on as a tenant. Intelligence, hard work, reliability  and being a team player are important qualities.

3 – What do you enjoy about it?

I am a Family barrister and being able to obtain the right outcome for my client is an important part of the job. Dealing with different personalities, exercising my intellect, dealing with professionals from other walks of life are all aspects of the job that I find stimulating . I love a challenge and life as a barrister offers this.

4 – What do you wish you had known before you entered your industry?

It requires dedication.,100% commitment and a lot of hard work – I usually work 4-5 nights a week and travel around the south east on a regular basis. Being at the Bar is not for the faint hearted – you never know what case you are going to be doing from one day to the next or where you might be sent to. Cancelling social plans because you have to prepare a case for the next day is part of the job

5 – Top tips for someone wanting to start out in your sector

Decide what aspect of the Bar you would like to practise in and try to do some work experience/ and mini pupillages; speak to junior barristers  and go to court and see for yourself what goes on.

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Written by getrealvideo

February 1, 2013 at 9:00 am

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