Based in both Brighton and London, our Direct Access Barristers have a reputation for excellence in their advocacy and advisory work in Civil, Criminal and Family Law. Our qualified, experienced mediators are also able to mediate or represent you to resolve litigation quickly.
Direct Access, also known as Public Access, is the name given by the Bar Council to the scheme where anyone – members of the public, firms, companies – can directly instruct specially trained barristers without the use of a solicitor in accordance with the Bar Council’s Public Access rules.
The Public Access Guidance for Lay Clients is available on the Bar Standards Board website here. You can also review a list of all authorised barristers on the Bar Council’s Direct Access Portal here.
Our Direct Access Barristers can;
There are limits on what services our Direct Access Barristers can provide, how we can provide them and what we cannot do for you, such as corresponding with the other side on your behalf or handling money for you.
The work that Direct Access Barristers are not permitted to do will need to be carried out by you. If you do not feel you are able, for whatever reason, to do that work then you will need to instruct a solicitor to do that work on your behalf. Our Direct Access Clerks will be able to discuss this further with you and help you to assess whether you are capable of undertaking this.
We can help you to decide if this is the best route for you, understand how this way of accessing legal services works or whether your case requires contacting a Solicitor instead.
We are committed to providing clients with a service that is swift, efficient and user-friendly.
Each case is unique so, once we have more information about your case, we will be able to give you a clear estimate of your costs.
All fees quoted can change depending on the requirements of the case and any changes will be discussed in advance. Workload, illness, availability and unforeseeable external factors might influence timescales and costs of your case as all barristers undertake professional work personally.
An overview of our costs is available here but is only an overview, not an estimate tailored to your case.
Upon receiving this enquiry form a Direct Access Clerk will contact you to discuss your case in further detail. They will be able to give you an accurate idea of costs and factors affecting timescale.
Please see our 4 steps outlining the process of instructing a Direct Access Barrister with Barrister For Me here.