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Public Access

Organisations and members of the public can instruct our barristers directly on most civil matters without having to go through a solicitor or other legal intermediary.

Accessible & Cost Effective

The public access scheme (also known as ‘direct access’) allows you to engage a barrister directly. You can get the specialist of your choice, avoiding duplication of time, effort and cost. However it does mean that the client must  take responsibility for some of the preliminary work normally done by a solicitor or other professional.

Research suggests that public (‘direct’) access to the Bar can be cheaper and can produce a better service for many legal issues, rather than going through a solicitor first. Barristers have lower overheads and therefore lower hourly rates and if you come direct to the Bar, you may not have to pay for the services of a solicitor at all.

One-stop Shop

While not every matter is suitable for public access work, in the right circumstances you can benefit from a complete package of legal services without the need to pay for an additional legal team.

Our barristers can provide you with direct expert legal advice on a wide range of legal issues, involving the right experts as appropriate. This includes drafting contracts, terms of business and correspondence, statements from litigants and witnesses and instructions to expert witnesses, advising on the next steps in proceedings, drafting formal court documents and representing you in court or at a tribunal.

Our Track Record

We are very experienced at taking direct instruction from company directors, owner-managers, senior partners and other professionals, and from trade unions and their members. These services are provided to the same exemplary standards that we apply to all our clients.

We are often instructed by members of the public, through the public access route, to advise on employment law, disciplinary & regulatory work, clinical negligence, professional negligence and health & safety disputes, to name but a few.

If we can help you with your case we will put in writing what work we will do for you and how much it will cost. You have 14 days to change your mind if you decide not to go ahead for any reason.

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Feedback On Our Services

We invite you to provide us with feedback on your experience working with Chambers. Please complete our online ‘End of case feedback questionnaire’ or for general feedback please complete the short online form ‘Our services to you’.

What To Do If You Have A Complaint

We pride ourselves on delivering a quality service to our lay clients. Like all organisations we may occasionally make a mistake and we welcome your feedback and the opportunity to make amends. You can raise any concern directly with Rebecca Priestley, our Chief Executive, or you can download a copy of our complaints procedure here.

For Further Information

Please contact our Business Development Directors or Senior Clerk for the relevant area(s) of law. The Bar Standards Board (BSB) regulates barristers and has produced guidance on the public access scheme for consumers (Public access guidance for Lay Clients). You can access this guidance on the BSB website here.