WHAT IS PUBLIC ACCESS?
Following a review to the previous Bar Council’s Code of Conduct in 2004, the Bar Standards Board (BSB), the regulatory body for barristers in England and Wales, have permitted barristers in self-employed practice to undertake Public Access work. As such members of the public, business and professional clients may now go directly to a barrister without having to involve an instructing solicitor or other intermediary. In the past it was necessary for clients to use a solicitor or other recognised third party through whom the barrister would be instructed. Although the barrister’s role remains essentially the same, members of the public, business and professional clients may now instruct a barrister directly through the Public Access Scheme. Please click on to www.barcouncil.org.uk for more details.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF THE PUBLIC ACCESS SCHEME?
The main advantage of the Public Access Scheme is that it could potentially save you money whilst giving you access to the Bar, since you would be paying for a barrister only instead of a barrister and solicitor. However, although the barrister would be able to deal with most aspects of the case, you have to assist in some limited areas, generally with filing documents with the court and the like.
IS YOUR CASE SUITABLE FOR PUBLIC ACCESS?
Public Access is available in all types of work that barristers can do, except for work funded out of legal aid. It is most suitable for reasonably straightforward cases. If the barrister considers that your case would benefit from the involvement of a solicitor, he or she will inform you. A barrister may choose whether or not to take a Public Access case. It all depends upon the complexity of the case and in the interests of justice for you. If you are unsure whether if your case would be suitable for Public Access, you should not hesitate to contact me or my clerk and seek an initial view.
YOUR PUBLIC ACCESS BARRISTER
I am trained and registered as a Public Access Barrister accredited by Bar Standards Board. I have been engaging in public access work for the last seven years and I specialise in providing expert legal advice, advocacy service (presenting a case in court or before some other tribunal or organisation), negotiate settlements and where documents need to be drafted for you to use, in areas of the law within my expertise. Please click on to areas of expertise to see my practice areas for more details.
If you would like to instruct me or would like to know more, or make an enquiry about a specific matter, please feel free to contact me or my clerk to discuss your requirements.