Q1. What is Public Access?
Public can now instruct a barrister directly; They don’t have to involve anyone else, but there are still some cases and situations in which you will need to instruct a solicitor or another intermediary as well as a barrister. When approached directly the barrister’s role remains principally the same as when they are approached by a solicitor or another intermediary,
Some barristers at Trent Chambers have been trained and are authorized to accept instructions under the Public Access scheme Not all barristers accept public access work, in order to find a barrister who does public access work please see the Direct Access Portal. You can search the directory of trained barristers by town or city, and area of practice. Direct Access Portal (DAP) is free for the public use.
Q2. What types of work can a Public Access Barrister carry out?
- Give you legal advice and draft witness statements for you
- May advise you on the formal steps which need to be taken in proceedings before a court or other organization and draft formal documents for use in those proceedings.
- Barristers can also negotiate on your behalf and can attend employment or investigative interviews and hearings where appropriate.
Q3. How much will it cost?
A barrister usually charges according to their level of experience, the complexity of the case and the length of time involved in dealing with it. Cost of the work will be discussed with you beforehand.
Q4. What information does my barrister need from me?
Barristers will require acceptable evidence of your identity, date of birth, current address, phone number and an email address. You will also need to gather the papers and the evidence in in support for your case. The barrister may be able to draft documents on your behalf.
Q5. Can I instruct a Public Access barrister using legal aid?
No, because barristers cannot do legal aid unless they are instructed by a solicitor.
Q6 What are the advantage of Public Access?
It could potentially save you lots of money, since you would be paying only for a barrister opposed to both a barrister and a solicitor.
For more information on Public Access please go to https://www.barcouncil.org.uk/using-a-barrister/public-access/