Barristers' Clerks

A barristers' clerk acts like an agent for barristers. They are familiar with the skills, expertise, experience, and availability of the barristers on their list and can liaise with solicitors and clients to ensure the best representation for each matter.

Barristers engage the services of a barristers’ clerk, who are able to advise of suitability, availability and fee levels. The barristers’ clerk staff also provide administrative services to barristers they act for, and can provide detailed information about the availability of barristers as well as advising on the choice of barrister.

Other services they provide include:

  • Ongoing education and skills development for their list members
  • Information on court listings
  • Fee negotiations
  • Delivery and collection of briefs
  • Message service
  • Management of members' accounts
  • Certifying of bills of cost

The Clerking Regulations 2020 commenced on 1 July 2020 and apply to all clerks licensed by the Victorian Bar. All barristers' clerks listed below are licensed clerks and are required to comply with the Clerking Regulations 2020.

These clerks are also approved pursuant to section 88 of theLegal Profession Uniform Law Application Act 2014 (Vic) to receive trust money. For information on when approved clerks can hold trust money see the Legal Services Board website.