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 to hear how the case may appear in court.
The case has to be one suitable for instruction in this way: it may be that the burdens 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 direct 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
If you are seeking to instruct on a public access basis, a good first step is to set out the help that you think that you need on the Contact form, 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, Andrea and Alyson, on 08450 713007.