Anyone can now go directly to a barrister 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. We can advise you on who to instruct for particular cases. However, for many cases the public access scheme allows you to go directly to the expert barrister for advice, representation and drafting.
Not all barristers accept public access work.
If you would like to explore the possibility of instructing a barrister directly, please complete the following form and a member of the clerking team will be in touch.
Areas of work in which we have recently been instructed under the public access scheme include but are not limited to:
- Driving Offences in the Magistrates Court
- Appeals to the Crown Court
- Contact & Financial Remedies Hearings in the County Court
- Employment Tribunals, GMC & GDC Tribunals
- Civil Advice for both individuals and corporate entities.