Barristers specialise in advocacy and therefore spend most of their time appearing before judges (in courts) or Chairmen (in Employment Tribunals) to represent one of the parties in the proceedings. Barristers must be instructed to act by a solicitor (not the client directly). A Barrister advocates the case on the basis of the instructions and papers which have been prepared for them by the instructing solicitor.Barristers are sometimes asked by a solicitor to give a legal opinion in the lead-up to a case (for example, on whether or not the case is likely to be successful). Barristers may occasionally help to negotiate at the Court or Tribunal if settlement can be achieved just before a case is heard by the Judge or Chairman.Once qualified, barristers become ‘tenants’ of a particular Barrister’s Chambers. Chambers are a collection of rooms or offices where barristers practise as part of a group. Barristers specialise in a particular area, or areas, of law slightly later on in their career than solicitors. Barristers are generally self-employed and obtain work on the basis of their reputation and experience.However some barristers can be employed by other organisations, for example: local government, the Crown Prosecution Service or in industry/commerce.