Why instruct a barrister?


Barristers and solicitors

Since the mid-sixteenth century, the legal profession in England and Wales has been divided into two branches: barristers and solicitors. Both are lawyers but the training and regulatory structures differ significantly.

For centuries, barristers held a monopoly on the right to appear in higher courts. Though that monopoly no longer exists, the Bar remains a yardstick for high quality advocacy and independent legal advice. Barristers are highly trained courtroom advocates, dealing with the vast majority of serious and high profile court cases.

Barristers' relationships with solicitors

The Bar of England and Wales is also the legal referral profession, to which solicitors turn for legal advice in particularly complex or serious cases. Members of the public requiring legal advice or representation, including those accused of criminal offences in the Crown Court, have a right to choose who should represent them in court and they will commonly choose to be represented by a barrister with all the court room experience and expertise that they bring.

How a barrister can assist

The Bar of England and Wales is a unique profession of specialist advocates and advisers. The Bar's experience means that it is very well placed to provide solutions to any legal problem, and is very good value for money.

Instructing a barrister at an early stage can help resolve a problem quickly and efficiently -often without going anywhere near the door of a court. But if the dispute continues barristers have the advocacy skills to represent their client's best interests, whether in court or a tribunal, or at an arbitration or mediation. Recent rule changes to the way in which barristers work mean that the Bar is more accessible than ever.