Change of Status Form

The Bar Council wants to understand why barristers leave the Bar to take up employment elsewhere or transfer to the Employed Bar from the Self-Employed Bar (and vice versa).

This helps us establish:

  • What the Bar Council might do to better support the profession and enable those who wish to, to stay in practice, and
  • Where appropriate monitor the impact of e.g. legal aid cuts and other factors affecting the profession.

Between 1 January 2013 and 31 December 2014, 2777 barristers changed status, 572 participated in our research.

Participating barristers told us:

  • Current levels of income and uncertainty over future income were the dominant reasons for leaving the Bar
  • They mostly came from the Criminal Bar
  • Women were proportionately more likely to change status; and
  • Two thirds felt having children had a negative impact on their career

Click here for a summary of what we have found so far.

We need your help. Some of the numbers upon which we base our analysis are statistically insignificant. We need all those changing status to complete the change of status form to make our conclusions more robust.

If you have recently changed your practising status we would be grateful if you could take the time to complete our change of status form. It should take you a maximum of 10 minutes to complete. All replies will be treated in the strictest confidence and the analysis will be carried out in a way to ensure no individual information or comments can be identified

To complete please click here Change of Status Form 

If you have any queries please call, Sam Mercer 0207 611 1320 or email Sam Mercer.