Barristers' clerks work for a set of barristers' chambers, most of which are located in London and other major cities, such as Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester. There are a few firms now offering online clerking services to barristers who work from home and these may be based anywhere in the country.
A barristers' chambers is generally run as a trade association, with a constitution and an arrangement for each barrister to pay a sum towards the running costs of chambers, including the salaries of the barristers' clerks. Some chambers have formed a management company and delegate the running of the chambers to a management committee, to which the senior clerk would be responsible.
In Scotland, the equivalent position to a barrister's clerk is an advocate's clerk, working for advocates in a 'stable' or chamber and most are employed by Faculty Services Ltd, which is a division of the Faculty of Advocates in Edinburgh. Although the duties are broadly similar, the role does not involve proactively seeking work.
The majority of vacancies are in London, so if you wish to work outside London, you should make speculative approaches to chambers directly.
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