Public Access

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Anyone can now go directly to a barrister without having to involve anyone else (e.g. a solicitor). The barrister's role remains essentially the same as when they are approached by a solicitor or another intermediary. Barristers can advise you on your legal status or rights.  Barristers can draft and send documents for you and can represent you in court, tribunals or mediations.  Barristers can also negotiate on your behalf and can attend employment or investigative interviews and hearings where appropriate.

Because the barrister's role is unchanged and there are limits on the types of work that a barrister can do, there are still some cases and situations in which you will need to instruct a solicitor or another intermediary as well as a barrister. However, for many cases the public access scheme allows you to go directly to the expert barrister for advice, representation and drafting.

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.

New Direct Access Portal

dapThe Bar Council recently entered into a new partnership with two barristers, Pru Beever and Mike Whyatt of the Northern Circuit, to relaunch their home-grown Direct Access Portal (DAP) website. The partnership will see the portal, which acts as an online register, as the main hub for the public, businesses and other organisations seeking to find a direct access barrister. The aim of the new website is to enable the public and other customers to find the right barrister through searching the database. 

Free for the public to use, direct access barristers who already pay the Bar Council's Bar Representation Fee (BRF) of £100 per year will be listed on the portal as yet another benefit of the BRF. Those who have yet to pay the BRF will be required to do so in order to be listed on the new portal. 

If you are a barrister with an ethical enquiry, please contact the Ethical Enquiries Service.