How much does a barrister earn? UK average salary explained

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Strikes are expected over the next four weeks, with lawyers protesting the salary and funding of legal aid



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Lawyers protest outside Manchester Crown Court on June 27, 2022 (Image: Getty Images)

Lawyers in the UK will go on strike over legal aid funding.

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The Criminal Bar Association (CBA) has promised industrial action after 81.5% of its members voted in favour, which will hit Britain’s already lagging justice system.

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Lawyers are the latest sector to go on strike, following the UK’s recent rail strikes and growing concern will be followed by more strikes by teachers and the NHS.

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So how much does a lawyer get paid and why is he on strike? Here’s everything you need to know.

How much does a lawyer earn?

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Lawyers on strike in Manchester (Image: Getty Images)

How much a lawyer makes depends on their experience, skills and the type of case they are working on.

Wages can vary drastically, from minimum wage to six-figure salaries.

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At the bottom end of the spectrum are trainee barristers, who can expect to earn an average salary of just £16,000 a year.

A junior barrister with less than three years’ experience can expect to earn an average salary of £40,300 a year.

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A lawyer with four to nine years’ experience can earn an average salary of £87,600 a year.

An established solicitor with 10-20 years experience can expect to earn an average salary of £172,200.

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A solicitor with over 20 years experience can expect to earn an average of £189,700.

When do lawyers go on strike?

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The strike is expected to last four weeks.

Lawyers protest outside Manchester Crown Court on June 27, 2022 (Image: Getty Images)

The action begins with strikes on June 27th and 28th and increases by one day each week.

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These are piling up with a five-day strike from July 17th to July 22nd.

All cases requiring lawyers are suspended.

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According to the CBA, more than 1,000 cases will be affected each day of the strike.

The UK is already facing a huge backlog in the justice system due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Why are they pitching?

Lawyers are on strike over legal aid funding.

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Legal aid helps people who cannot afford lawyers pay for legal advice, mediation and representation in court.

Lawyers have called for a pay rise to meet growing demand from the cost-of-living crisis.

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The CBA has said many are being forced to leave the profession after a 30% drop in earnings over the past 20 years.

The CBA’s Jo Sidhu QC and Kirsty Brimelow QC said: “This extraordinary commitment to the democratic process reflects the recognition among criminal attorneys at all levels of appeal and in all judicial districts that the survival of a profession of specialized criminal justice and the criminal justice system that is at stake is at stake depends crucially on their work.

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“Without immediate action to stop the exodus of criminal attorneys from our ranks, the record backlog that has crippled our courts will continue to wreak havoc on victims and defendants alike, and the public will be betrayed.

The CBA has requested a 15% pay rise.

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Speaking to the BBC, CBA Deputy Chair Kirsty Brimelow QC stated that this would not happen until the end of 2023.

Brimelow added that barristers have been working on “good will” for long periods, including during the pandemic, and junior lawyers have been working “ridiculous hours”.

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She said the strike was “caused by the government, not by lawyers”.

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