Barristers are specialist pleaders who also give expert advice on legal matters.

In general clients can only approach them through a solicitor.

The body responsible for the education and training of barristers is the Honorable Society of King's Inns.

Successful students are admitted to the degree of Barrister-at-Law by the Benchers of the Society and called to the Bar by the Chief Justice.

Those wishing to practise at the Bar must do so as members of the Law Library submitting to the disciplinary jurisdiction of the General Council of the Bar of Ireland in addition to the general disciplinary jurisdiction of the Benchers.

SENIOR COUNSEL: this is the title given to a barrister who has been given a patent of precedence by the Government and called within the Bar by the Chief Justice.