Practising bar gets younger

The age profile of the practising bar is becoming increasingly youthful, according to new figures from the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

The BSB issued new demographic statistics on 27 April, revealing that in 2010, only 2,502 members of the practising bar (21 per cent) were aged 34 or younger, with none aged under 25.

But in 2014, the total had shot up to 3,623 – including 110 aged under 25 – and the age group now makes up 33 per cent of the practising bar.

In contrast, the number in older age groups – from 45 to 65+ – remained almost unchanged between 2010, when the total stood at 4,606, and 2014, when it fell slightly to 4,341. In both years, the over-45s made up 39 per cent of the practising bar.

The statistics also revealed little change in the number of self-employed barristers, which increased slightly from 12,133 in 2010 to 12,709 last year, or the employed bar, where the number stood at 2,755 in 2010 and 2,794 in 2014.

But those taking on both self-employed and employed work increased more than tenfold, soaring from 19 in 2010 to 211 in 2014.

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