About 80% of barristers are self-employed. The rest are employed
in industry, commerce or central or local government. The work of
an employed barrister can vary greatly. The majority work in
specialist legal departments, advising only the organisation for
which they work, whilst others work in solicitors firms, advising
clients directly. Please click here for more information on the employed
Barristers can also work in an employed capacity in a Legal
Disciplinary Practice (LDP). Most LDPs are regulated by the
Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and are distinguished from
law firms by rules permitting non-lawyers to hold ownership
interests. Barrister can become an owners or managers of LDPs.
Self-employed barristers work in offices called 'chambers',
which they may share with other barristers. On completion of their
training, barristers apply for a permanent position known as
'tenancy' in a set of chambers. Please click here for more
information on the self-employed Bar.