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Employed barristers point to financial security and work-life balance as reasons for going in-house

Employed barristers point to financial security and work-life balance as reasons for going in-house

New research from the Bar Council on employed barristers' experiences shows that financial security, a good work/life balance, pension and an interesting and diverse range of work are key factors in choosing to work in-house.

The report, Snapshot Report: The Experience of Employed Barristers at the Bar, also revealed that the average salary of those at the employed Bar was estimated to be £69,466.

16% of respondents were paid a gross salary in excess of £100,000 a year, 6% received a gross salary in excess of £150,000. Of those on a gross salary over £150,000, 50% worked in-house at a company.

A lack of encouragement by employers, and others, of those barristers employed in-house, whether in the public or private sector, has deterred many from seeking Silk or applying to join the judiciary.

Although 68% were satisfied with the opportunities for career progression, just 17% of those surveyed had considered applying for Silk. Of those who had considered applying, only 18% had actually applied, and only 4% were actively encouraged to do so.

The survey of 300 employed barristers revealed a range of reasons why they opted for the employed Bar, including:

  • Security of employment
  • Regular salary
  • Pension
  • Work/Life balance
  • Flexible and regular hours
  • A less stressful environment
  • A collegiate atmosphere
  • Diverse and interesting work
  • Annual leave
  • Private health insurance
  • Maternity pay
    Concerns about future practice at the self-employed Bar, and
  • The ability to work as part of a team.

Source: Bar Council

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