A barrister is a professional person trained to represent individuals and companies in UK Magistrates and Higher Courts. The aim of using a barrister is to formally structure a clients viewpoint into legal arguments to obtain the best possible outcome for the client.
Every barrister has an ethical responsibility in ensuring their profession maintains a high reputation in their duty to the court and in the administration of justice. A typical work process for a barrister consists of the following tasks:
- Discuss with clients their specific scenario and advise appropriately
- Research the strengths of a clients legal case and provide written advice
- Represent a client in court, arguing their case to sway the opinion of the court
- Settlement negotiations with the other parties
The term lawyer is an umbrella description of those involved in the legal profession and can mean a barrister or a solicitor.