Direct Access enables you to instruct a Barrister directly to assist on your case without a Solicitor involved. This can be utilised to save costs or to access expertise when you need it.
Can I instruct a direct access Barrister:
Not all cases are suitable for Direct Access and not all barristers undertake cases in this form. To enquire whether we can assist please complete the enquiry form on the right-hand side of this page so that you can begin a dialogue with chambers. From this we will be able to find out what options might be available to you so please include as much detail about your case as possible. If we are able to assist, we will provide you with the names of Counsel and a fee estimate for their work. If you then wished to proceed, we will also need undertake some administration checks, including a money laundering check, and payment would need to be taken before any work is done.
If you feel able and confident to handle the administrative aspects of a dispute yourself, without hiring a Solicitor, then instructing a Barrister directly may be the right choice for you and your case.
What can a direct access barrister do:
You can instruct a Barrister to advise in writing or in conference on the prospects of your case, or to attend court and represent you in a hearing. There are limitations however on what a Barrister is permitted to do to assist and when instructing on a Direct Access basis, you are committing to taking on the role carried out by a solicitor yourself. This can include preparing and providing Bundles and Documents for hearing, liaising with the court, filing documents and other tasks. A Direct Access Barrister is unable to conduct litigation.
The general process of instructing a direct access barrister:
- Initial enquiry – Please fill out the form to the right with as much detail as possible
- If negative response – if case is not suitable for Direct Access we may try to suggest a solicitor who can help. (usually within 24hrs)
- If positive response – we will email you with which Counsel we can offer to assist and a fee quote (usually within 24hrs)
- Agreement – if you agree to the fees set out, we will then send you a Client Care Letter. This details the terms of work and your right to cancel. This needs to be signed and agreed.
- Documentation – For money laundering purposes, we need to witness in person ID documents before we can accept instructions. This needs to be a photo ID and a utility bill or similar for proof of address. We will also require you to send us the bundle of paperwork relating to your case for preparation.
- Payment – payment needs to be made prior to work commencing. Without payment of fees, Counsel will not attend Court, conference, or begin written work
- Work – when the previous steps are completed, Counsel will begin work/ attend court and represent you
- Further work – if further work is required on your case, a separate agreement will be sent, and fee quoted for each piece of work carried out
For information on Direct Access fees, click here.