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Barristers' clerk Average UK Salary & Prospects

Barristers' clerks deal with the admin in barristers' offices and organise the barristers' workload.

  • Prepare and issue orders of the court, such as probation orders, release documentation, sentencing information, or summonses.  
  • Prepare dockets or calendars of cases to be called, using typewriters or computers.  
  • Record case dispositions, court orders, or arrangements made for payment of court fees.  
  • Prepare documents recording the
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Barristers' clerks typically work around 39 to 41 hours per week.

As a Barristers' clerk you will typically work evenings / weekends.

This occupation tends to be:

  • Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
  • Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out
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* from ONETonline
Average salary
38,105 GBP *
per year
15,000 GBP
60,000 GBP
5+ Experience
* data taken from the Office of National Statistics (
Average salary for Barristers' clerk

Men make 21% more than Women
31% of Barristers' clerks are men
Big gender gap
  • 44,166 GBP
  • 34,985 GBP
Average salary for full-time Barristers' clerk

  • 38,105 GBP
  • 34,985 GBP
  • 44,166 GBP
Pay over time for Barristers' clerk

Pay for this role has increased over time
  • 35,205 GBP
  • 31,629 GBP
  • 30,818 GBP
  • 32,994 GBP
  • 36,385 GBP
  • 38,105 GBP

Future outlook for Barristers' clerks

Balanced outlook
64 000+ jobs available
Balanced outlook
2% yearly wage growth (on average)

Barristers' clerk - Your future job?

Which qualifications do I need?

Find out what you need to know in order to become a Barristers' clerk and the highest average level of education for people in this role.

In terms of people already doing this job:

  • 78% of people in this role have GCSEs or equivalent
  • 11% of people in this role have a certificate of higher education or equivalent but no degree
  • 10% of people in this role have a Diploma of Higher Education or equivalent

Many firms will look for A level or equivalent qualifications.

Doing a college course like a Level 3 Diploma in Providing Legal Services could help you to prepare for this job.

You'll need:

  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • excellent written communication skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • knowledge of English language
  • administration skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

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Things to highlight for your Barristers' clerk interview

Attention to Detail Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. Dependability Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. Cooperation Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. Integrity Job requires being honest and ethical. Self Control Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.

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