Direct Access, or Public Access as it sometimes referred to enables members of the public, companies, partnerships and other groups to instruct barristers directly. Before Public Access Rules were introduced in July 2004, the only means to instruct a barrister was through solicitors, or where appropriate through Direct Professional Access. Now that has all changed consumers now have the option of instructing a barrister directly.
At Go Direct Barristers, we pride ourselves in providing a high quality to our clients. Furthermore, our clear and competitive charges for our services will always be supplied to you up front and before any work is undertaken. This will inevitably enable you to monitor and control your legal costs throughout the legal process.
Another key advantage of direct access is that it is less expensive than instructing a solicitor. This is due to the fact that barristers have very few overheads in comparison to solicitors. Typically 75% of solicitors fees are taken by overheads, whereas it is only 25% for barristers.
All the barristers at Go Direct Barristers are independent self-employed practitioners.
Fee process and Charging
Depending on which barrister at Go Direct Barristers you are instructing, will determine the level of fees you pay. Other factors to bear in mind would be their level of experience, the length of time that may be required in dealing with each piece of work and complexities of the case. We will agree a fixed fee for every piece of work you require the barrister to undertake. This fee must be paid in advance (funds to be cleared before commencement of work).
If the fee relates to a hearing, the barrister will normally be entitled to the fee even if the hearing does not go ahead. If this is the situation, the barrister will inform you.
All barristers at Go Direct Barristers are required to keep and maintain full records of the fees that they are charging. You are entitled to details to justify the fee that you are being charged.
Once your matter has been agreed that it is suitable for direct access, the barrister will send out terms on which they intend to carry out work. Those terms will be set out in a client care letter which will be sent to you.
Legal Aid/Public Funding
There is no legal aid or public funding available for direct access work for barrister. If you think you may be eligible, please contact a solicitor. Barristers cannot carry out the means assessment required to establish whether you are eligible for public funding or apply to the Legal Aid Agency on your behalf.