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Barristers: Young People

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN HL5811, tabled on 16 June 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they taking, if any, to support young barristers.

Answered on

30 June 2020

The legal profession in England and Wales is independent of government, and barristers are regulated by the Bar Council through the Bar Standards Board. The Government’s Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) covers most people who receive most of their income from self-employment, and young barristers who are eligible can benefit from this scheme. For young barristers who are criminal legal aid practitioners, we have provided greater access to hardship payments from the Legal Aid Agency to allow practitioners to claim one month after they were first instructed instead of six, and to lower the threshold for work done on a case from £5,000 to £450.