Barrister or judge

Job holders in this unit group prepare and conduct court cases on behalf of clients, preside over judicial proceedings, and pronounce judgements within a variety of court settings and tribunals.

Tasks

  • Conducts trials according to rules of procedure, announces the verdict and passes sentence and/or awards costs and damages.
  • Hears, reads and evaluates evidence, and instructs or advises the jury on points of law or procedure.
  • Drafts pleadings and questions in preparation for court cases, appears in court to present evidence to the judge and jury, cross examines witnesses and sums up why the court should decide in their client.
  • Advises client on the basis of legal knowledge, research and past precedent as to whether to proceed with legal action.
  • Becomes acquainted with the facts of a case through reading statements, law reports, and consulting with clients or other professionals.

Typical Education Level

Honours, Bachelor's degree

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 29% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data

£37,003

Average annual earnings

The current average wage for barrister or judge is £37,003

423 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 423. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.

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Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for barrister or judge roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £37,003 per year. That is about £3,084 per month or £18.98 per hour. New workers generally start on £18,949, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £74,360

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 423 people are employed in the region.

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