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Networking Skills for Barristers

Most of the work gained by barristers starts with solicitors calling with a new instruction. This means that the growth of your business is controlled by third parties; not a secure strategy in this ever-competitive age. Could you align your business development activity to the way baby chicks in the nest survive?

“I can’t visit”

All my presentations and training has been me presenting “live”. In the world we now find ourselves I now offer my also ‘live’ using video conferencing:

Or you can subscribe to my new online programme which includes the major differences between face-to-face networking and online networking. There is a full section dedicated to online networking skills, details here: online programme.

As a result of the training, you will:

  • Understand how to create a top-class impression in front of the camera
  • Meet more people and therefore build more relationships
  • Understand the best questions to ask
  • Know how to move the relationship to the next stage
  • Create more meetings with prospects
  • Become more business minded


The main challenge facing your profession is the necessity to adapt to increased competition from solicitors and any other body offering legal services.

The Legal Services Bill with its introduction of alternative business structures will alter the very framework in which legal services can be provided. The impact this will have on the self-employed Bar in particular remains to be seen but surely will not be for the better. This will include the provision of much more flexible and wide-ranging services, generally a good thing for consumers since it increases competition.

Leaving it just to a handful of clerks and waiting for the phone to continue to ring seems a zero option now. You need to become more proactive. It’s called networking, an activity striking fear into the most terrifying courtroom advocate. But, like anything in life when you understand what to do, it’s easy. The key networking skills barristers are taught, asking questions and listening carefully will simply be transferred to the cocktail party or the seminar room.

Check out this on how not to get past the receptionist after meeting a prospect