Direct Access Barristers
Anyone can now go directly to a barrister, for advice and/or representation, without having to involve anyone else (e.g. a solicitor). The barrister’s role remains essentially the same as when they are approached by a solicitor or another intermediary.
Barristers can advise you on your legal status or rights. Barristers can draft and send documents for you and can represent you in court, tribunals or mediations. Barristers can also negotiate on your behalf and can attend employment or investigative interviews and hearings where appropriate.
Because the barrister’s role is unchanged and there are limits on the types of work that a barrister can do, there are still some cases and situations in which you will need to instruct a solicitor or another intermediary as well as a barrister.
However, for many cases the public access scheme allows you to go directly to the expert barrister for advice, representation and drafting.(http://www.barcouncil.org.uk/instructing-a-barrister/public-access/)
Clerk will respond within 1 hour to discuss your legal need, suggest the right barrister and cost.
If we feel you would be better served by engaging a solicitor instead of or as well as a barrister, we will suggest a suitable solicitor.
Fees are fixed and agreed in advance. Based upon the barrister’s hourly rate (stated on each barrister profile), time in reading case papers and preparation, attendance in court and/or conference, complexity and urgency.
Barrister Reserved and letter of agreement sent to you, setting out terms of payment for work agreed, request for Photo ID and proof of address in accordance with Money Laundering Regulations.
Securing barrister will depend on the speed of client returning signed letter of agreement, ID and making payment. If not received within 24 hours the enquiry will be cancelled.
Signed agreement and ID received along with payment
Case papers received
(could be prior to steps 3, 4, 5 & 6)
Barrister will make an introductory call and will confirm if further case papers are required.