Career Change for Barristers

Making a Career Change For Barristers

A career change for barristers can be challenging. The self-employed Bar is facing difficult times. As a barrister you may be struggling with significant cuts in Legal Aid, growing competition from other Chambers and from alternative forms of dispute resolution.  You may be under pressure financially. Additionally, you may be finding that solicitors’ firms are increasingly reluctant to instruct external counsel as they strive to increase their profits. CareerBalance has assisted hundreds of barristers to plan and progress their careers — both inside and outside the self-employed Bar. Our clients range from QCs to pupil barristers.

Simon Broomer, our senior career coach, is a qualified solicitor and frequently instructed counsel when in practice. He has a thorough understanding of the English Bar and also coaches aspiring barristers at the BPP Law School in London.

Career Planning & Job Search Programme

We know that you’ve invested heavily and worked hard to qualify and build your expertise as a barrister. Therefore, any change in career direction needs to be carefully thought through and planned. Our Career Planning & Job Search Programmes are designed to help you  identify the best way to take your career forward and to secure a good new career opportunity. We will help you to ensure you make the right decisions and avoid costly mistakes.  The Bar can be a small place where news travels fast, so we maintain the highest standards of confidentiality.

Interview Coaching

The employment market can be daunting if you’ve only ever worked for yourself.  It may be a long time since you have had a formal job interview. Our interview coaching will give you the practice you need to present your transferable skills with ease and confidence making you the best candidate for the job.

Real Career Options

We’ll show you career options that are open to you, both inside and outside the legal profession. Real jobs you can apply for in the commercial, public, regulatory and not-for-profit sectors. Our barrister clients have successfully transitioned to challenging in-house legal roles, including large law firms,  the Financial Conduct Authority, BPP Law School and the Department for Business Energy & Industrial Strategy.

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