What is "Direct Access"?
You can now instruct a barrister directly, without going through a solicitor, depending on the work that you need to be done. This is called direct access, or public access. Under direct access, barristers are able to assist if your case falls in any of the following categories:
You need legal advice and analysis
You are engaged in a course of correspondence
You want work carried out before litigation starts
You wish to negotiate with the other side
You wish to appeal
You are engaged in a hearing before a tribunal
You wish to avoid litigation altogether
You wish to engage in Mediation
There will be a trial without many, or any, issues of fact
The case involves points of law rather than fact
The case is not contentious at all, but requires advice or drafting of a letter or document.
What areas of Direct Access can you instruct our barristers in?
Landlord & Tenant
Land Law, including title & boundary disputes
Media and Entertainment
Negligence & Personal injury
Probate, Inheritance & Trusts
What areas of Direct Access can you not instruct our barristers in?
Barristers are not currently able to take instructions directly when they pertain to criminal matters. You must still have an instructing Solicitor in order to take advocacy of a Barrister, although the rules may be changing in the near future.
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