Who is listed on the Direct Access Portal?

The DAP is open to all public access practitioners who are Bar Representation Fee subscribers.

To become a public access practitioner, and in accordance with rC120 of the Bar Standards Board Handbook, barristers must be properly qualified and hold a full practising certificate, have satisfactorily undertaken public access training, and registered themselves as such with the Bar Standards Board. Under rC121, barristers with less than three years’ standing must also have a barrister who is a qualified person within rS22 and has registered with the Bar Standards Board as a public access practitioner readily available to provide them with guidance.

The DAP is also open to chambers professionals who would like access to their barristers’ accounts and whom the relevant practitioner would like notified of any new enquiries.

New portal

The new Direct Access Portal offers you and your clerks or practice managers a better, easier-to-use interface through which you can manage your enquiries and profile. On the client-facing side, the process of searching for suitable direct access barristers has been made easier and the search criteria refined to give your potential clients better results, which will in turn give you a better quality of enquiries.

In January 2024, we launched a new feature on the Direct Access Portal that will enable chambers professionals with access to members’ accounts to edit their profiles on their behalf. Read our new user guide to manage your members’ enquiries.

Find out more

If you have a general enquiry about how the DAP works, or would like to pay the Bar Representation Fee in order to add your profile to the site, please email the Bar Council Services Team at [email protected] or call us on +44 (0)207 611 1321.