Going directly to a barrister
Anthony is able to accept instructions to advise or to represent clients without the need for a solicitor. This usually means that there is a saving of time and money for the client. It can also help you as a client to hear from the person who may present the case how it may appear in court.
The case has to be one suitable for instruction in this way: it may be that the burdens or features of the case are too great or complex to be undertaken without the benefit of a solicitor.
Whilst Anthony is trained so that he may accept instructions on a public access basis, he is not qualified to act as a litigator or “to conduct litigation”. This means that:
- the client will fulfil the administrative roles which the solicitor would previously have done
- whilst Anthony may prepare the text for documents such as letters, witness statements and applications to the court, such documents are sent by the client
Anthony usually charges according to his level of experience, the complexity of the case and the length of time involved in dealing with it.
It is important that the cost to you and the stage at which the fee is payable is agreed at the outset and that the terms of the agreement are clear. Fees can be agreed on an hourly rate or a fixed fee.
But have no fear: no fees will be incurred by you until the basis has been clearly agreed with you. Anthony is registered for VAT and fees quoted will include VAT. Dependent upon the case, travel and other expenses such as accommodation may be charged in addition to the particular fee.
If you are seeking to instruct on a public access basis, a good first step is to get in touch, giving any dates of any forthcoming court or tribunal hearings or dates of limitation. Any relevant documents can be supplied in discussion with Anthony’s clerks in digital form or by hard copy.
Anthony will consider what you have sent and will come back to you. Whilst most contact can be handled by email or phone, it may be that he will suggest a face-to-face meeting to discuss the matter further: no fee will be payable and no work will be undertaken until the fee is agreed and you have returned a signed client care letter. Fees can be agreed as a fixed fee or as an hourly rate. Meetings can take place where convenient to both parties.
The Bar Standards Board has drawn up The public access scheme guidance for lay clients to help all involved understand what is called “public access” or “direct access”.
For further information, do contact his clerks, Sandra, Danielle and Matthew on 02920 375020.