24 June 2017

Practising barrister statistics

Barristers in England and Wales are specialist advocates and advisers who provide expert legal services when representing their lay and professional clients in courts and other legal contexts.

Barristers are entitled to hold a Practising Certificate upon their successful completion of pupillage. This is renewed annually and grants them the right to practise as barristers. All barristers with Practising Certificates may work as self-employed, employed or as dual practitioners. The majority are self-employed.

 

Total Barristers In Practice

 

 

Practising Bar - Gender 

 

 

Practising Bar - Ethnicity

 

 

 Practising Bar - Age

* Please note that our statistics on the age of barristers practising at the Bar are not directly comparable between 2015 and earlier years. This is due to us improving the way in which we obtained this information from barristers from 2015.

   

Self-employed barristers work in chambers (which employ administrative and management staff funded by members' "rent") or work alone as sole practitioners.

 

All Self -employed Barristers

 

 Self-employed Bar Gender

 

  Self -employed Bar - Ethnicity

 

 Self -employed Bar - Age

* Please note that our statistics on the age of barristers practising at the Bar are not directly comparable between 2015 and earlier years. This is due to us improving the way in which we obtained this information from barristers from 2015.

 

Sole Practitioners

 

Sole Practitioners - Gender 

 

 Sole Practitioners - Ethnicity

 

 Sole Practitioners - Age

* Please note that our statistics on the age of barristers practising at the Bar are not directly comparable between 2015 and earlier years. This is due to us improving the way in which we obtained this information from barristers from 2015.

 

 Barristers who practise in a dual capacity undertake employed and selfemployed work.

Dual Capacity

 

 Dual Capacity - Gender

 

 Dual Capacity - Ethnicity

 

 

Dual Capacity - Age

* Please note that our statistics on the age of barristers practising at the Bar are not directly comparable between 2015 and earlier years. This is due to us improving the way in which we obtained this information from barristers from 2015.

   

Employed barristers are practising barristers who work either under a contract of employment, or under a written contract for services which is for a determinate period, or by virtue of an office under the Crown (such as the Crown Prosecution Service) or in the institutions of the European Union.

 

  

Employed Bar

 

 

Employed Bar - Gender

 

 

Employed Bar - Age * Please note that our statistics on the age of barristers practising at the Bar are not directly comparable between 2015 and earlier years. This is due to us improving the way in which we obtained this information from barristers from 2015.

 

Employed Bar - Ethnicity

 

 

The Practising Bar at 5 Years of Call.

All Called to the Bar

 

5 Years of Call

 

 5 Years of Call - Gender

 

 5 Years of Call - Ethnicity

 

 5 Years of Call - Age

 

 * Please note that our statistics on the age of barristers practising at the Bar are not directly comparable between 2015 and earlier years. This is due to us improving the way in which we obtained this information from barristers from 2015.

 

The Practising Bar at 15+ Years of Call.

 

15+ Years of Call

 

15+ Years of Call - Gender

 

 

15+ Years of Call - Ethnicity

 

 15+ Years of Call - Age

 

 

 **Please note that reporting mechanisms have changed over the past years. As a result of sourcing from various data streams and the implementation of more robust quality assurance structures some numbers may vary from previous publications.  

 *** The BSB gathers diversity data for individual barristers via the "Barrister Connect" online portal, as part of the Authorisation to Practise process, using a Legal Services Board-designed form. Provision of the data is voluntary because data protection laws dictate that people - in any profession - cannot be obliged to disclose equality and diversity data about themselves if they do not wish to do so.