We define barristers by their experience, a newly qualified barrister in their 50s would be as ‘young’ as a newly qualified barrister in their 20s. Both individuals would experience similar challenges in the early years of practice.
When the YBC was originally established in 1954, most barristers would expect to complete their Bar Finals, get called to the Bar and then go on to pupillage. The numbers of those being called to the Bar and the number of pupillages available was not as disparate as it now is. There are also more opportunities to become a pupil barrister in an employed setting.
Now it is commonly the case that individuals seeking pupillage will have to apply more than once. It is also well known that some pupils will undertake a third-six before gaining tenancy.
Following the completion of pupillage anecdotally it takes approximately 7 years until most young barristers feel comfortable in their career: professionally, ethically and financially.
Young Bar A-Z
The Young Bar A-Z Toolkit has been written by members of the Bar Council’s Young Barristers’ Committee, with input from clerks, solicitors, and Bar Council staff. The Toolkit covers some of the most common queries asked about developing your practice at the Young Bar and is divided into two sections.
- Building and managing your practice A-Z
- Financial affairs, accounting and tax A-Z
If there are things you would like us to cover, or if you would like to comment on the material that is here, please let us know.