We define barristers by their experience. A newly qualified barrister in their 50s would be as ‘young’ as a newly qualified barrister in their 20s. Both individuals would experience similar challenges in the early years of practice.

The Young Barristers’ Committee is the voice of the Young Bar. The members of the Young Barristers’ Committee are working to represent and promote the interests of the Young Bar, on everything from career development opportunities to addressing issues around bullying and fair allocation of work. They are committed to making sure junior barristers are well equipped to master their practice and face the future.

'Starting at the Bar: your essential guide' and the 'Life at the Young Bar' report

The Bar Council’s Young Barristers’ Committee has launched 'Starting at the Bar: your essential guide' for young barristers to help ensure everyone joining the Bar starts on an equal footing, with equal access to information and the opportunity to build a thriving practice.

The 'Life at the Young Bar' report, published on 26 January 2022, is based on research from 2021 into barristers who have been practising for up to seven years.


Starting at the Bar: your essential guide

Covers topics such as managing your finances, negotiating chambers and workplace politics, wellbeing, work allocation and managing your practice.

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Life at the Young Bar report

In the Life at the Young Bar report, we present a snapshot of life at the Young Bar in 2021.

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Wellbeing at the Bar

Our research shows that young barristers in particular are exposed to emotionally and psychologically challenging environments on a daily basis. We want to ensure that young barristers feel supported as they join the profession.

Wellbeing at the Bar aims to tackle the stigma associated with mental health and encourage members of the profession, and those who support us, to better understand wellbeing and feel empowered to make healthy choices. The Young Barristers' Committee is helping to support them in their efforts.

Find out more about the programme and view our resources.