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Can I switch from solicitor to barrister?
Dear Oracle ...

I've always wanted to be a barrister, but now I think it seems more financially secure to train at a City firm and more likely that I would be able to secure a training contract, compared to a pupillage at a top commercial set. Would it hurt my career prospects of practising at the Bar to train as a solicitor before re-qualifying or transferring?

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