Definition of barrister in English:


(also barrister-at-law)


  • A person called to the bar and entitled to practise as an advocate, particularly in the higher courts.

    Compare with attorney, solicitor
    • ‘Should you be able to sue barristers and solicitors who are negligent in acting for you in a legal case?’
    • ‘We contend there is available insurance for barristers and solicitor advocates.’
    • ‘A further 50 questionnaires were sent to commercial and construction barristers.’
    • ‘He was grilled in the witness box for 15 days by the prosecution and defence barristers on the issue.’
    • ‘The barristers, or advocates, wear the garb they would wear in courts in their own homeland.’
    • ‘The two sides of the profession, barristers and solicitors, continue to exist, and both have expanded numerically.’
    • ‘So what is it about politics that attracts so many solicitors and barristers?’
    • ‘So both barristers and judges have to be very careful that they deal with juries in a way that helps them to deal with the subject matter.’
    • ‘This is not dissimilar to charges of professional misconduct as a barrister or solicitor.’
    • ‘There is no reason to fear a flood of negligence suits against barristers.’
    • ‘The Group can also receive payments from panel solicitors, barristers and mobile doctors.’
    • ‘You are the first barrister without a solicitor that has ever appeared in front of me.’
    • ‘Francis had used five different firms of solicitors and six defence barristers.’
    • ‘The defendants are represented by a defence team of three barristers and two solicitors.’
    • ‘A decision has been taken that the judge Mr Justice Hooper and barristers are not to wear wigs or gowns.’
    • ‘They also said there should be reviews of the codes of conduct for barristers and solicitors.’
    • ‘Instead I started by approaching solicitors and barristers known to me to seek access to their clients.’
    • ‘If there is anybody who knows an honest barrister or solicitor that can help me with my defence and so, please let me know.’
    • ‘They may be inclined to agree to suggestions put to them by others, or, indeed, by barristers in the courtroom.’
    • ‘The BBC reports that the judge and the barristers removed their wigs and gowns to make the courtroom less intimidating.’
    advocate, lawyer, professional pleader, counsel, queen's counsel, qc, defending counsel, prosecuting counsel
    the bar
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Late Middle English: from the noun bar, perhaps on the pattern of minister.