Some of our barristers are able to accept instructions directly from members of the public, without the need for a solicitor. If you are interested in instructing one of our barristers under the Public Access Scheme, please get in touch by completing our Public Access Enquiry Form and sending it by email to email@example.com. One of our Practice Managers will respond to your enquiry as soon as practicable.
If one of our barristers agrees to accept your instruction under the Public Access Scheme, we will require ID documentation from you in order to carry out Anti-Money Laundering checks.
In all cases, we will require:
- Photographic ID (such as a full UK driving license or passport); and
- A recent utility bill at your current address (which must not be dated more than three months before your enquiry).
If you are acting on behalf of a company, you will also be required to produce a certified copy of Certificate of Incorporation, evidence that you are authorised to act on behalf of the company, and a copy of the company's latest statutory accounts filed at Companies House.
Further guidance is available from the Bar Council website.
Our Practice Managers are happy to discuss fees, which will be based on Counsel’s hourly and/or daily rate, prior to Counsel accepting your instruction.
We will provide a fixed fee, which will need to be paid in advance of Counsel commencing work. A fixed fee means that we will charge you a set amount of money for the work required. We will need to agree a fee in advance for each piece of work that you instruct Counsel to carry out.
When we charge fixed fees, their amount can vary depending on the work required. Your fees are likely to be higher if you need a more experienced barrister and/or if your case is particularly complex.
An example of a fixed fee would be: £125 + VAT for preparing for and attending a winding up petition hearing in the general list.