What to expect of a Chancery Barrister

These are the characteristics of a Chancery barrister:

  • Experts with exceptional ability:  Entry to the bar is based upon merit and is highly selective.  The profession itself is very competitive, with competition between barristers and other legal professionals.
  • Specialists:  The Bar has specialised immensely in recent years, meaning that many barristers are now highly knowledgeable on the complex areas of work which are done by the Chancery Bar.  Nevertheless, Chancery barristers are trained to set this specialist knowledge in a wider context.
  • Independent and objective:  Barristers in chambers operate like consultants and generally do not look after the day-to-day affairs of their clients.  As they are not tied to particular clients they can give challenging but accurate advice, and are often instructed to bring a fresh and independent view to the issues arising in a case.
  • Sole practitioners, cost effective and flexible working:  Chancery barristers tend to be self-employed, working in sets of chambers where they share expenses but not liabilities or profits.  As such, they are constantly motivated to achieve the best outcomes in cases. Chancery barristers’ overheads are generally low, meaning that fees are very competitive.  Furthermore, barristers can be as flexible in their working methods as the case demands.