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LEGAL AID CONSULTATION RESPONSE OF THE NORTHERN CIRCUIT OF THE BAR

And now the response from the Northern Circuit. Please do feel free to send us your own.

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RESPONSE OF THE NORTHERN CIRCUIT OF THE BAR

The Northern Circuit of the Bar is one of six similar groups which represent barristers, primarily in independent practice, from all disciplines of the law.

Each Circuit has a geographical area, which together cover the whole of England and Wales.

Barristers in independent practice are sole traders. They have not, historically been permitted to practice together in partnerships and are not permitted to be members of a trade union. Barristers normally practice from sets of chambers, in which they share accommodation and the services of clerks and other administrative staff to run their practices, sharing the costs to keep their overheads low. However, the earnings of each individual barrister remain exclusively those of that individual. Barristers chambers are not businesses, but a collection of self-employed traders.

This system of working has been in place for hundreds…

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