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.
Because the barrister’s role is unchanged and there are limits on the types of work that a barrister can do, there are still some cases and situations in which you will need to instruct a solicitor or another intermediary as well as a barrister. If that situation arises you will be advised of the need to have a solicitor. However, for many cases the public access scheme allows you to go directly to the expert barrister for advice, representation and drafting.
Criminal legal aid cases are outside the direct access scheme which only covers clients who are paying privately. Fees will depend on the nature and seriousness of the case and will be agreed at the outset when taking instructions. If you wish to know levels of costs for your type of case please ring and we will discuss the matter without prejudice and with no charge.