Direct Access

Some people still think that a solicitor is the first port of call when it comes to legal services. In fact they’re not and haven’t been for some time. You have a choice. You can go to a solicitor or you can go directly to a barrister. Going directly to a barrister is known as direct access or public access. One of the benefits with direct access to barristers is that this route will cost you less overall. If you are unsure as to the difference between barristers and solicitors find out here.

Important information for our clients and for those people considering using our services can be found here.

Additional information and guidance is contained in the Public Access Guidance for Lay Clients document on the Bar Standards Board’s website.

How can a barrister help me?
Barristers are specialist legal advisers and court room advocates.  They are independant lawyers with specialist knowledge and experience in and out of court, which can make a substantial difference to the outcome of a case.

Advice from a barrister at an early stage of a dispute can help to avoid unnecessary and costly litigation. But if the dispute continues, a well-argued case and good cross-examination can make all the difference to the final outcome.

Using the direct services of barristers gives you serious BENEFITS:

Lower costs – Barristers tend to cost less than people expect and often less than solicitors. This is because barristers do not have the level of overheads that solicitors have so they can charge less. When you pay a barrister you are paying for their time and expertise – not the cost of running an expensive office.

• Fixed fees – Barristers have been providing their services at fixed fees for years. Knowing the cost in advance of the work being undertaken is a crucially important factor for you to bear in mind. Fixed fees enable you to plan your financial outlay in advance and avoid nasty surprises later on by receiving a bill that you were’t expecting. Peace of mind prevails!

• Legal expertise – Barristers are experts in their chosen area of law. They advise on the strengths and weaknesses of a claim, draft legal documents, write letters on your behalf, negotiate settlements and skillfully represent clients before courts and tribunals.

• Speed of service – Barristers have specialist legal knowledge and skills which mean they are able to provide solutions to legal problems quickly and efficiently.

A barrister can help you by…
 giving expert legal advice on an issue
drafting second opinions where other lawyers have already been involved
 identifying any weaknesses in your case and make it as strong as it can be
 drafting your statement and those of your witnesses
 advising you on the right choice of expert witness
 negotiating with the other side
 representing you before a court or tribunal

Child Arrangements

Are you having trouble in making arrangements to see your children following separation from a partner? Our members are experienced and committed to helping you establish practical arrangements in your child’s best interests.

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Get in touch

Completing the direct access form will help us respond to your enquiry more effectively. However, if you would prefer to speak to someone or have any questions please call the clerks on 020 7832 3200.

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Care Proceedings, Special Guardianship and Adoption

If the local authority has become involved or you have become a family carer for a child in your family. Our members are experienced practitioners in this complex and often confusing area of law.

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Matrimonial Finance and Divorce

If you are applying to divorce your spouse and have been unable to come to arrangements about your assets and finances.

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Trust of Land and Inheritance

If you have separated from your partner and have been unable to come to arrangements about your assets and finances.

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