Survive and Thrive Programme: The barrister’s guide to debt, savings and investment


Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 17:30
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Parliament Chamber, Middle Temple Lane, London, EC4Y 9AT

5:30 Drinks reception

6:00 Presentation starts



Research has shown that it can cost over £100,000 for an aspiring barrister to qualify – from university study through to securing a pupillage. This is an extraordinary amount and, no doubt, a large portion is accumulated as debt. What do you do with this debt once at the point of earning fees? Many of us are tempted to and go on to make only the minimum payment stipulated by lenders and spend the rest on living.

However, there is always a sense of needing to plan for the life we’re not yet living and will likely need financial support for. Marriage, children and retirement are the major hurdles and questions will arise in your own life, such as:

  • What is the earliest age I can retire?
  • If I choose to have children, how can I feel financially secure and not be pressured to return to work because of this reason alone?
  • I don’t have a huge amount to invest, but I want to have some sort of back-up just in case my career takes a turn and I’m unable to earn money. Do I need thousands of pounds to invest?


Speaker 1 – Martin Snowden - Martin Snowden joined Barclays in 1999 and, after roles as a financial planner and relationship manager, became a wealth manager in 2007, focussing on wealth management for senior professionals within the legal sector and company executives. Martin is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments.

Speaker 2 – Simon Lister - Simon Lister joined Barclays in 2002 after three years as a financial adviser at St James’s Place. His experience is wide-ranging, advising clients in investment management, banking and complex credit. The majority of Simon’s clients have had long careers in the legal sector, during which time he has helped them build a capital base for retirement and family succession.

Speaker 3 – Tom Starkie - After qualifying as a chartered accountant, Tom Starkie worked in Ernst & Young’s tax department before moving to Barclays, where he is now a wealth manager. Tom has a BA Hons from Durham University in Ancient History and is also a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment.

Dress Code:

Business Suit


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