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Commercial barristers

Commercial chambers barristers work in areas of commercial law including:

Commercial property transactions
Commodity transactions
Company work
Insurance and reinsurance
Oil and gas/energy law
Professional negligence

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What you can expect

As a commercial barrister, you need to be dedicated and prepared for hard work and unsociable hours. However, the work is rewarding and financial incentives are high.

Tips for success

You will need:

  • Sound analytical skills
  • Ability to absorb vast quantities of information
  • Good legal research skills
  • Negotiation skills
  • Business acumen
  • Awareness of clients’ needs
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Computer literacy
  • Ability to work both individually and as part of a team
  • Ability to express yourself clearly

When starting out, a junior barrister may receive work in his or her own name and conduct hearings before tribunals, master or district judges and county courts, as well as attending interim applications in the High Court. Junior barristers also get involved in cases with silks and senior juniors where extensive legal research will be required.


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