(redirected from barrister-at-law)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Financial, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.


In English Law, an attorney who has an exclusive right of argument in all the superior courts.

A barrister is a counselor who is learned in law and who has been admitted to plead at the bar. A barrister drafts the pleadings in all cases, with the exception of the simplest ones. Distinguished from an attorney, which is an English lawyer who conducts matters out of court, a barrister engages in the actual argument of cases or the conduct of the trial.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


n. in the United States a fancy name for a lawyer or attorney. In Great Britain, there is a two-tier bar made up of solicitors who perform all legal tasks except appearance in court and barristers, who try cases. Some solicitors will "take the silk" (quaint expression) and become barristers. (See: solicitor)

Copyright © 1981-2005 by Gerald N. Hill and Kathleen T. Hill. All Right reserved.


a member of the Bar, the professional body of barristers, also known as counsel. If the counsel has ‘taken silk’ to become a QC - Queen's Counsel (or KC, King's Counsel when the monarch is male) then counsel is designated as Senior Counsel. The barrister becomes such by virtue of being called to one of the Inns of Court (Lincoln's Inn, Inner Temple, Middle Temple and Gray's Inn). The barrister's liability for mistakes is now the same as that of other professional persons. The barrister is bound by the cab rank principle by which any barrister in practice must accept any instructions to appear before a court on a subject that he professes to practise and at a proper fee. He has a duty to the court that is paramount, so is not in any sense a ‘mouthpiece’. His fees are an honorarium, not a contractually due payment, so he cannot sue for them but may refer a defaulting solicitor to the LAW SOCIETY. Barristers are represented by the BAR COUNCIL. Similar terminology is used in the Republic of Ireland. There, however, a Senior Counsel is a person called to the Inner Bar by the Chief Justice with the approval of the government and is designated SC. For Scotland, see ADVOCATE.
Collins Dictionary of Law © W.J. Stewart, 2006

BARRISTER, English law. A counsellor admitted to plead at the bar.
     2. Ouster barrister, is one who pleads ouster or without the bar.
     3. Inner barrister, a sergeant or king's counsel who pleads within the bar.
     4. Vacation barrister, a counsellor newly called to the bar, who is to attend for several long vacations the exercise of the house.
     5. Barristers are called apprentices, apprentitii ad legem, being looked upon as learners, and not qualified until they obtain the degree of sergeant. Edmund Plowden, the author of the Commentaries, a volume of elaborate reports in the reigns of Edward VI., Mary, Philip and Mary, and Elizabeth, describes himself as an apprentice of the common law.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
References in periodicals archive ?
(Cantab), Ph.D (Mathematics), Barrister-at-Law, Ex-Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court, later elevated to Federal Court Judge of British India, and Vice-Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University (1938 - 1941), (before Partition).
(Oxon) & BCL (Oxon) Barrister-at-Law, Premier of Bengal, British India (1946-1947), Prime-Minister of Pakistan (1956-57) and Founder of Democratic Opposition in Pakistan; and Prominent Barrister-at-Law.
Moreover, Zafarullah Khan is the eminent Barrister and scholar who holds Barrister-at-Law from Lincoln's Inn, London, United Kingdom.
He studied Law at the University of Athens from 1961 to 1966 and became a Barrister-at-Law (Middle Temple) in 1971.Aa He practiced as an advocate in a private practice from 1968 to 1971 and as an Attorney-General from 1972 to 1997.Aa From 1990 to 1997 he was a Member of the European Committee on Crime Problems -- Strasbourg.
Moreover, Zafarullah Khan is an eminent Barrister and scholar who holds barrister-at-Law from Lincoin's Inn, London, United Kingdom.
He was awarded degree of Barrister-at-Law by the Inner Temple, London (UK) in the year 1976.
In 1982 he also qualified as Barrister-at-Law from Lincoln's Inn London and enrolled as an Advocate of the Lahore High Court in 1982.
Mirza Shahzad Akbar, Barrister-at-Law and Advocate High Court and a lawyer speaking on the occasion said that Noors pictures and videos will be featured at an exhibition, gaming in Waziristan, which opens today at Beaconsfield , 22 Newport Street, London SE11 6AY.
Then Barrister-at-law Zahid.U.Jamil explained various provisions of the domestic violence bill and the little awareness of the people about the Provisions & Justice Law.