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Courts 'effectively inoperable' due to nationwide walk-out

Barristers across England and Wales will walk out of work this morning to protest against government cuts to legal aid. The chair of the Criminal Bar Association predicted the move would render courts 'effectively inoperable'.

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How much do barristers earn?

A barrister carries a wig into the Royal Courts of Justice. Credit: Katie Collins/PA Archive/

According to the Criminal Bar Association and Bar Council, the average barrister earns around £36,000 or £27,000 respectively, once tax and expenses are accounted for., the UK's official graduate careers website, say that typical salaries for barristers in the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) range between £30,000-£90,000 per year.

According to Chambers Student, a careers guide for the legal profession, says a barrister would be expected to earn between £40,000 - £70,000 per year after five years' practice.

However, those figures do not include deductions to cover V.A.T., chambers fees, pension provision, travelling and other expenses, a spokesperson for Chambers told ITV News.

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