Members of the public are, in certain circumstances, able to instruct a barrister directly, without first having to go through a solicitor or other intermediary. There are many advantages to this approach:
Our barristers can advise you, at any stage of proceedings, on whether you or your company are in breach of legislation. We can also represent you in criminal cases and appeals*, in cases before professional disciplinary tribunals, in Health & Safety and Environmental disputes, and more.
The Bar Council has issued guidance for members of the public wishing to use this method of instructing barristers; this can be accessed here. It is important to recognise that you will be required to undertake various tasks to progress your case, and there are certain things your barrister is not allowed to do.
Not every case can be taken on under the rules of the public access scheme, but if you wish to know more, or enquire whether or not your case is suitable, please use our Enquiry Form and our Direct Access clerk will respond.
* Subject to certain restrictions