Who can instruct a barrister?

Our barristers act for a wide range of clients: multi-national firms and companies, government bodies, other institutions and individuals, both in the UK and in foreign jurisdictions. Barristers in England & Wales are regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).

Our barristers accept instructions from:

  • Solicitors, other authorised litigators, employed barristers and legal advice centres and clinics in the United Kingdom (often referred to as ‘professional clients’).
  • European lawyers registered with The Law Society and qualified lawyers from other jurisdictions.
  • Licensed professionals in the UK, under the Licensed Access scheme.
  • Individuals from other jurisdictions, companies and members of the public (‘lay clients’) under the Public Access scheme (sometimes also referred to as direct access). For more information on instructing a barrister using public access, see here.

Chambers’ practice management team (traditionally known as ‘clerks’) receive and manage instructions. They are always happy to answer questions about potential instructions or about any of our practitioners. Professional, licensed access or lay clients may contact the practice management team to obtain a quotation for legal services and discuss suitability and availability. We aim to provide such a quotation promptly, and certainly within the 14 day period indicated by the BSB.

If you have a legal or ADR matter (by ADR we refer to the potential appointment of an arbitrator, adjudicator or mediator) and are seeking to instruct a barrister, please do contact us on + 44 (0)20 7 353 6381 or via clerks@outertemple.com.

27 May, 2021

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