Some of our Barristers are Direct Access accredited. Direct Access means when a member of the public or specified companies wish to directly instruct a Barrister and not go through an intermediary such as a Solicitor. If you have a Direct Access query, please email the clerks at firstname.lastname@example.org , they will be able to assist you with what is required from you. Namely, amount of papers required, seniority of the Barrister we recommend for your case, the complexity of the case and how much it is likely to cost.
What we need from you if we agree to take your case on:
The clerks will discuss what is required in relation to your individual case however we will need to confirm your identity first. For this we would need a copy of a passport or driving licence together with one or two utility bills in your name.
What will it cost?
Each Barrister has differing hourly rates dependent upon their seniority and we will be happy to discuss this with you in a transparent way to ensure you know how much your case is likely to cost from start to finish. We have very clear rules on direct access. The clerks will give you guidance on that and if you wish to proceed, you will be supplied with a client care letter covering what we have agreed and any next steps. Payment must be made in full (cleared funds) before the Barrister carries out any direct access work and any further work will be agreed with you in advance.
If you have an immigration or tax case, they may be slightly different to those detailed above. For instance, some immigration cases do not attract VAT. That is dependent upon whether the person paying (and being billed) has UK status or not.. The clerks will be happy to discuss this with you so please do not hesitate to contact us and we can take you through the procedure.
Some of our Barristers carry out commercial work under the public access scheme. These Barristers can advise you on the process of issuing a winding up petition and represent you at the Court hearing. If you are owed 750 or more by a Company, you may be able to apply to Court to close the company down (or ‘wind it up’). If you are a company which has had a winding up petition issued against you, we can also advise you on the process of defending the claim.
Barristers are not authorized to conduct litigation and all public access clients will need to conduct litigation themselves where necessary
This depends on the Barrister’s availability. The clerking team will assist you with any documents required and their availability to draft paperwork within a specific timescale.
Our Barrister’s will consider fixed fees for this work. This would need to be discussed with the Clerking team. They will be able to gauge how long the Barrister might take on the work and take into account if any travel etc. is required for a Court hearing. Please contact us to discuss. We currently have one Barrister undertaking this work. His current hourly rate (as at 2019) is 175 plus vat per hour. Fees will depend on the complexity of the case and the time likely to be spent
Further guidance on Public Access can be found on the Bar Standards Boardhttps://www.barstandardsboard.org.uk/resources/public-access-guidance-for-lay-clients.html