In suitable cases, members of the public can obtain legal advice and representation directly from a barrister without engaging a solicitor. Instructing a barrister directly, known as “public access”, or “direct access”, can provide a quick and affordable way to obtain high-quality legal advice.
A number of our members accept instructions in suitable cases directly from members of the public.
There are numerous areas of practice in which our members have advised directly. These include: giving advice on and drafting contractual and other documents, probate matters and the administration of estates, landlord and tenant disputes, problems in the administration of companies and unincorporated associations, problems concerning charities, disputes over contracts for the sale of land, and a wide range of problems concerned with the rights of landowners and the use of land.
Obtaining an initial view from a barrister directly on the merits of a potential dispute is often a useful and cost-effective first step. The barrister will advise if it is necessary for the client to instruct solicitors as well. In appropriate circumstances, members of Chambers may be willing to accept instructions under a full or partial Conditional Fee Agreement.
Our clerks are familiar with the procedure for setting up agreements directly between the barrister and the client, and are happy to answer enquiries over the telephone or by email. They can advise which member would be suitable and available to deal with the case.
For more information about the Bar’s Public Access schemes, please click on the link to the left, or contact a member of our clerking team.