Barrister Law and Legal Definition

In England or Northern Ireland, barrister means a lawyer who is admitted to plead at the bar and who may argue cases in superior courts. The Queen ’s Counsel is referred to as a Inner barrister. A student member of the Inn of court is also called a Inner Barrister.

Utter Barrister or outer barrister refers to a barrister called to the bar, but not called to plead from within it, as a Queen's Counsel or serjeant-at-law is permitted to do. A barrister who belongs to the outer bar.

In many of the Commonwealth nations, the legal profession is divided into barristers and solicitors. In U.S this a less common word for lawyer.