What is a Barrister?
A barrister is a person who has been called to the Bar of England and Wales. Barristers are entitled to practise as advocates in all courts but appear in the higher courts in particular. They are commonly referred to as “Counsel”.
A barrister offers specialist legal advice representing clients at court. They will ordinarily specialise in one or two areas of law, providing expert advice for work on matters of a complex nature.
A barrister is primarily an advocate however in addition to this their day to day activities include drafting of legal documents for use in court proceedings, drafting advice to solicitors on the viability of a case, researching the law, negotiating with opposing parties, and engaging in conferences with clients and solicitors.