Approaching A Barrister Directly

By Prev Info - February 19, 2022

Since the year 2004, it is possible for a client to approach a barrister without having the need to meet a solicitor first. Accessing the services of a barrister directly saves both time and money for the client. It works out to paying only one lawyer instead of two. As a barrister, it is possible for him/her to accept instructions through a solicitor. 

However, if a barrister is to accept instructions from a client directly, he/she has to qualify himself with additional experience and extra training.

There are many barristers practicing civil law who allow themselves to be accessed directly by clients. It is easier for the client to instruct a barrister rather than instruct a solicitor. The client gets to know the barrister at the very beginning of the case and the barrister handles all aspects of the case including the correspondence and the documentation.

 This relationship is of great benefit to the client who is advised thoroughly on the strategy deployed in the case, and the reaction that is required on investigation or prosecution. Such a service is available to individual as well as corporate clients, governmental and non-governmental organizations. Nowadays matters relating to immigration are also handled.

To find out if the individual’s case warrants accessing a barrister, the clerking team of the barrister’s office will do an initial study to assess whether the case is eligible to take the advice and counsel of a direct access barrister. This system has been allowed to enable an individual, who is in need of expert legal guidance, to approach a barrister in a cost-effective manner.

The barrister that is best suited for the individual’s needs is decided depending on the cost, experience, reputation, qualification, etc. Costs of a barrister are less than a solicitor’s charges as their overheads are lower.

To practice as a direct access barrister, he/she must have been in practice for a minimum of three years. They should also have passed a direct access training course. They are also legally required to take up cases in the areas that they have sufficient experience and expertise. A practicing barrister has rights to represent the client in all courts within the specified jurisdiction.

All barristers should possess a current practicing certificate that is renewed every year. There are also certain actions that a direct access barrister should not do. They include investigation of the case, collection of evidence, correspondence on a client’s behalf, etc.