Glossary of Terms for The IBC Introduction to Business Management Course

All industries have their own business language and acronyms. When joining a new industry, understanding the “jargon” is sometimes half the battle. We have put together a glossary of terms to help you with this course, and generally in the workplace. These terms and acronyms will become a part of your own language throughout your career as a barristers’ clerk.
Bar CouncilThe Bar Council represents barristers in England and Wales. It is also known as the General Council of the Bar and is the approved regulator of the Bar. It discharges its regulatory functions through the independent Bar Standards Board.
Bar SchoolThe informal name for a provider of the vocational component.
Bar Standards BoardThe Bar’s independent regulator.
BenchThe judge/judges.
BencherA senior member of an Inn of Court, also known as a Master of the Bench.
BriefThe documents setting out case instructions for a barrister to argue a case in court.
Call to the BarThe bestowal of the title of “barrister” by an Inn of Court on those who have completed the necessary training requirements and have satisfied their Inn that they are fit and proper to be called to the Bar.
CircuitsThe six geographical areas into which the courts of England and Wales are divided: North-Eastern, Northern, Midland, South-Eastern, Western and Wales, and Chester Circuits.
ChambersThe collective name for a group of self-employed barristers who share premises, a corporate identity, staff, and overheads.
CounselThis is simply another way of referring to a barrister.
CPSThe Crown Prosecution Service, the primary body responsible for the prosecution of criminal offences in England and Wales.
DevillingCompleting paid work for other members of chambers.
ELEmployers Liability.
Head of Chambers (HOC)A senior barrister in a set of chambers who is elected or appointed as its head
HMCTSHis Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Service.
LegislationLegislation is a law or a set of laws that have been passed by Parliament.
Inn of CourtThe four historic institutions with the exclusive right to call barristers to the Bar.
Indictable offenceAn offence where the defendant has the right to trial by jury.
InjunctionA court order requiring a person to do or cease doing a specific action.
RCJRoyal Courts of Justice – Strand, London WC2A 2LL.
RTARoad Traffic Accident.
SetAnother name for a barristers’ chambers.
StatuteAn Act of Parliament is a law made by the UK Parliament.
PIPersonal Injury.
PLPublic Liability.
PupillagePupillages are divided into two six-month periods. Most chambers now only offer 12-month pupillages; however, it is still possible to undertake the two sixes at different sets.
Independent BarDescribes self-employed barristers.
JudiciaryThe system of courts that interprets, defends, and applies the law in the name of the state.
JuniorA barrister not yet appointed silk. Note: older juniors are known as senior juniors.
Junior briefA case on which a junior is led by a senior. Such cases are too much work for one barrister alone and may involve a lot of research or run for a long time. Ordinarily, junior counsel will not conduct advocacy.
KCKings Counsel, also referred to as Silk.
MemberA term for a barrister – a member of the Bar or a Member of chambers.
Mini-pupillageWork experience at a set of chambers, normally lasting between one and five days.
MOJMinistry of Justice.
SLAService Level Agreement.
SupervisorThe name of a barrister who supervises pupils, also known as a pupil master.
Tenant/tenancyA barrister who is given permission from chambers to join their set and work with them. A “squatter” describes someone who is permitted to use chambers’ premises but is not actually a member of the set.
Tenant (door)A “door tenant” describes someone who is affiliated with the set but does not conduct business from chambers’ premises.
Third SixWhen pupils are not successful in gaining tenancy, they can apply for a third six (months’) vocational training at another set, in the hope of success in securing tenancy.