Public Access (also known as Direct Access) allows you to instruct a barrister to represent you in a legal dispute, or to provide legal advice directly to you, without the need to be referred by a solicitor or third party. The process provides an additional route to the very best legal advice and representation.
The Public Access Rules came into force in 2004 allowing individuals, in many circumstances, to instruct a barrister directly for advice and representation in legal matters. Public Access accredited barristers still receive instructions from solicitors’ firms and are also able to assist you in deciding whether or not your case requires a solicitor. They can give you this advice at no cost and can even assist you in arranging a first meeting with a solicitor who is appropriate for your case.
Where your case does not require a solicitor, a public access barrister will be able to represent you directly, including drafting legal documents, court forms and letters and representing you in court. Where your interests would be best served instructing a solicitor, we will always fulfil our professional obligation to inform you of this.