Recent changes in the law mean that members of the public, commercial organisations and non-commercial organisations can now instruct a barrister directly without the need to go through a solicitor or intermediary.
This procedure is known as ‘public access’ and has helped saved companies and individuals significant amounts of time and money. For more information about how public access works please see the Public Access Guidance for Lay Clients page on the Bar Standards Board Website.
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Please always send copies of all relevant documentation (preferably by email), Pump Court Chambers does not accept liability for any original documents sent.
However, you should note that not all matters and cases are best addressed through direct access. See below for guidance on direct access is right for your case.
For further information contact our dedicated direct access team or complete our enquiry form and we will contact you.
In the past, solicitors would give advice to their clients and then prepare their cases for litigation or trial. In contrast, barristers focused almost exclusively on litigation and representing their clients in courts and tribunals with the intention of achieving the most favourable outcomes. Barristers typically specialise in a few areas of the law, enabling them to develop acute expertise, experience and knowledge of how the law has been applied in their areas previously. Barristers‘ experience in arguing cases before a judge means that they are well placed to give the best advice on what a judge is likely to do in any particular case. Traditionally, barristers were not allowed to act directly for members of the public or for companies and had to be instructed by a solicitor.
However, changes in the rules for the provision of legal services mean that barristers can now be instructed without the need for a solicitor. Many people do not appreciate that using a barrister directly can often be very much cheaper than going to a solicitor first. This is because you can do some of the preparatory work yourself and only take expert advice as and when you need it.
Alternatively, you can call us on +44 (0)1793 539 899 and speak to a member of the clerking team.
This may also be the case in the event that your case is be suitable for public funding.