Administrative & public law
The public law Bar spans the full range of administrative, public and constitutional law.
An aviation barrister will be used in disputes from everything from aircraft leasing and insurance to disasters, hijackings and theft.
Banking & finance
Barristers and banks generally cross paths when something costly has gone wrong in relation to a transaction or product.
Civil liberties & human rights
Human rights law is essential for a fair society where all are protected, including the vulnerable.
Company law is relevant to almost everything a company does, from filing annual returns to proper procedure in relation to board decisions.
Competition and regulatory work involves a mixture of commercial, public and European law.
Employment lawyers handle a variety of issues, including unfair dismissal, discrimination, redundancy, equal pay and whistleblowing claims.
European Union and international
Employment barristers may appear before the International Court of Justice, the European Court of Human Rights, international tribunals and domestic courts.
Immigration lawyers deal with all legal matters relating to immigration and nationality.
Some of the biggest insolvencies have billions of pounds at stake, so there can be lucrative work for barristers.
IP barristers advise on issues such as infringement disputes, issues on validity of registered IP rights, and commercial agreements that deal either exclusively with IP rights or with IP rights in the wider context of larger commercial transactions.
Personal injury law falls under the law of tort and involves civil claims brought to obtain compensation for injuries.
Planning law regulates the way property owners use and develop their property in the interests of the wider community.
Barristers involved in this field deal with claims against professionals such as architects, accountants, solicitors and financial advisers.
Property law (now sometimes labelled as real estate) embraces a wide range of work, including real property, such as contracts for sale, covenants and land registration, trusts over land; and commercial and residential tenancies involving issues as diverse as disrepair, possession claims, succession and assignment.
Whether it’s EU-originated, domestic or an industry code of conduct, regulation affects all aspects of civil life and commercial activity.
Tax barristers advise and litigate on all aspects of commercial and personal tax issues.
Sports & entertainment
Among the different types of client are professional athletes; their managers, coaches and agents; sports clubs and brand sponsors.