There are countless examples of where it is essential to have a solicitor as part of your legal team but there are also many occasions when instructing a barrister directly could be absolutely the right choice for you.
Since 2004 members of the public have been able to instruct a barrister directly, without having to hire a solicitor first, this is known as Direct Public Access. The barrister’s role remains the same, whoever is doing the instructing so under the rules of this scheme there are still limitations as to what a barrister can do to assist. Essentially you will take on some of the roles that would otherwise be carried out by the solicitor which provides the greatest challenges but also the key benefit of the scheme which is you can often save costs.
Not all cases are suitable for Direct Access and not all barristers undertake cases in this form so we would highly recommend that you complete the enquiry form on the right hand side of this page so that you can begin a dialogue with chambers as soon as possible and find out what options might be available to you. We will respond to you right away and if we are able to assist we will provide you with the names and fee estimates of those who can assist along with guidance on how best to proceed.