Public Access

Several of our members are approved by the Bar Council to accept instructions directly from the public without the intervention of a solicitor.

If you need legal advice, representation in court, or if you want to know the options for avoiding litigation altogether, one of our barristers may be able to help you.

The bar's public access scheme allows you to go straight to a barrister without having to instruct a solicitor as well. This can save a substantial amount of money, as you only have to instruct one lawyer, and you can concentrate your financial resources on those parts of your case that need expert assistance. Barristers' fees tend to be significantly lower than solicitors' as we do not have the same overheads as solicitors.

Under the scheme, barristers continue to provide the same legal services as they do when instructed by a solicitor: advising on the law; drafting legal documents for use in litigation, and appearing in court. Barristers cannot conduct litigation for you (for example by writing letters to the other side on your behalf, or issuing court documents) nor can barristers act as your agent. If you need a solicitor to help you with some or all of your case, we will tell you. This also means that you will minimize the amount you have to spend on solicitors. We can recommend a solicitor with the necessary expertise in these circumstances.

To contact us, fill in the form below.

Click here to see a list of our barristers undertaking public access work.

The Bar Council - Link for Public Access guidance for lay clients (PDF)

Public Access Contact Form

If you wish to instruct a barrister directly, please fill in the referral form below and click send. Alternatively you can download a copy of the form by clicking here, and email it to us. Or, call the clerks on 020 7797 7788 and they will be happy to discuss things with you. We aim to reply by 4pm the next working day.

Please complete all fields

1) Your Name

2) Last Name

2) Your Home / Postal Address

3) Your Telephone Number(s)

4) Work Email

4) Email Address

5) In your own words please give a brief summary of the nature of your case

6) What kind of assistance are you looking for? (tick any that apply)
Representation at Court  
Written Advice
Conference / Face to Face Meeting
Drafting of Documents  

7) How did you hear about us?