Barristers are legal practitioners who appear as advocates in Court and tribunal hearings, negotiating on behalf of their clients. They also conduct research, provide expert legal advice, draw up legal documentation, confer with clients and witnesses and act as mediators, arbitrators, referee or conciliators.

Duties and tasks

  • Cross-examine witnesses, study the evidence and draw conclusions
  • Negotiate settlements between the client and other parties and draw up settlement documents
  • Provide representation to clients in court
  • Provide specialist legal advice and written views to Solicitors, other Legal Professionals and clients
  • Receive written briefs and verbal directives regarding cases from Solicitors and clients
  • Research and prepare cases
  • Write up legal documents such as affidavits and pleadings

Skills required

  • A Logical Mind with Good Problem Solving and Analytical Skills
  • Ability to Work Under Pressure
  • Attention to Detail
  • Confidentiality and Tact
  • Good Research and Literacy
  • Organisation and Time Management
  • Strong Communication and Interpersonal Skills
  • Strong Ethics and Integrity

Working conditions

Barristers typically work indoors in offices, courts and tribunals. They often work long hours, including evenings and weekends. There is usually a lot of training and hard work involved in becoming a Barrister, and it is a competitive profession in which the work can be very stressful.

Professional associations / Industry information

Bar Association of Queensland
New South Wales Bar Association
Victorian Bar Association

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