The Public Access scheme for direct instruction of barristers.
Under the Bar Standards Board Public Access Scheme anyone can now go directly to a barrister without having to involve anyone else (e.g. a solicitor). The barrister’s role remains essentially the same as when they are approached by a solicitor or another intermediary. Barristers can advise you on your legal status or rights. Barristers can draft and send documents for you and can represent you in court, tribunals or mediations. Barristers can also negotiate on your behalf and can attend employment or investigative interviews and hearings where appropriate.
In addition, barristers can be licensed to carry out what is known as “conduct of litigation” which essentially consists of the administration of a claim, such as corresponding with the opposing side or the court, gathering evidence, preparing witness statements, issuing applications, serving documents and so forth. I am licensed for that kind of work and can therefore do everything that a solicitor is able to do.
Even where, as in my case, a barrister is able to carry out all the functions of a barrister and solicitor, there are still some cases and situations in which you will need to instruct a solicitor or another intermediary, as well as a barrister. An example of this would be a case with a lot of documents and/or witnesses which looks like going to trial. However, for many cases, the public access scheme gives you the opportunity to save on fees by going directly to an expert barrister, at least in the initial stages of the case, in order to get advice, representation, drafting and dealing with correspondence and negotiations.
Full guidance for public access clients is available here by
clicking on this link to be directed to the Bar Council website and then to download the relevant file.
The privacy of your information is important to me and I will only process personal data in accordance with applicable data protection laws and regulations, including the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”).
Full details of the privacy notice which will be applicable to you as a direct access client can be found on the Brick Court Chambers website at www.brickcourt.co.uk and sets out the basis on which any personal data I collect will be processed by me.
If you have any questions about the privacy notice, please contact Brick Court Chambers at firstname.lastname@example.org