Direct Access

There are a number of ways to instruct a Barrister. Direct Access is the process where members of the public are able to instruct barristers directly, without employing a solicitor.

We offer Direct Access trained experts in the following practice areas, depending on availability and the suitability of cases:

There are many benefits to instructing a Barrister direct, such as:

  • You have direct contact with the specialist of your choice who will advise you and present your case before a court or tribunal;
  • Once papers are received, you will be provided with an initial diagnosis and accurate estimate of costs;
  • You avoid duplication of work and cost;
  • Where the involvement of other professionals may be required, your barrister is well placed to suggest experienced and trusted advisers, and to provide a clearly defined scope of work for them to undertake.
  • Full Bar Standard Board Guidance on how the Scheme operates can be found here.
  • Legal Ombudsman resources can be found here.

Barristers must have undertaken training in order to accept Direct Access cases. Currently, public funding (legal aid) cannot be used to instruct a Barrister direct. In the event that you are eligible for, or have already been granted public funding for your case, our clerking team can assist by recommending an appropriate solicitors firm.

If you chose to instruct a 2 Hare Court Barrister directly the process is straight forward as set out below:

  1. Complete the enquiry form below.
  2. A member of the clerking team will contact you to obtain the relevant paperwork and instructions for review.
  3. Your case will be reviewed by a Direct Access trained Barrister with the correct expertise for your case.
  4. If your case is suitable to advance under the Direct Access scheme you will receive a Client Care Letter (a contract between yourself and the Barrister), which outlines the barrister’s role and limitations under the scheme, the work to be completed as well as the costs.
  5. You will be asked to provide proof of identity (e.g. passport / driving license) and proof of address (e.g. utility bill) to comply with BSB regulations on money laundering. Copies will be taken and held on file.
  6. You must return a signed copy of the Client Care Letter and payment preferences must be agreed with the clerking team.
  7. Once all the documentation is in place, your case papers and instructions have been received and the fees have been agreed a Barrister can proceed with your case.

Direct Access Enquiry Form

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Contact Us

For more information please contact the clerks on +44 (0)20 7353 5324 or email for help. We will guide you through our simple and transparent process and get the right representation for your matter.