What is the Public Access Scheme?
The Public Access scheme allows members of the Public, and commercial and non-commercial organisations to instruct barristers on most matters. The barrister’s role remains essentially the same as when they are approached by a solicitor and they can advise you on your legal status or rights. Barristers can assist in drafting correspondence for you to send 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.
What is the advantage of Public Access
Public Access allows you to have direct contact with your barrister, who will be able to provide clear, concise legal advice. In respect of the costs involved, instructing a barrister directly will often be more cost effective than having to instruct a solicitor and barrister. Barristers’ commercial hourly rates are normally more favourable when compared to the hourly rates charged by solicitors.
What Barristers are not allowed to do under the Public Access Scheme
Examples of work barristers are not allowed to undertake include the following:
Handling your money, corresponding with the other side, issuing court documents on your behalf, contacting witnesses or collecting and investigating evidence
Once you have made contact with a member of the clerking team (0161 955 9000) they will appoint an appropriate barrister to deal with your case. You will then receive a copy of the client care letter once the barrister has agreed to accept your instructions on the information you have provided. The client care letter will state the terms and conditions and include confirmation details of the costs involved. You will be asked to sign a copy of the letter and to make payment in advance before any work is undertaken.
Download ‘Public Access Guidance‘ document.
Public Access allows you to have direct contact with your barrister, who will be able to provide clear, concise legal advice. In respect of the costs involved, instructing a barrister directly will often be more cost effective than having to instruct a solicitor and barrister. Barristers’ commercial hourly rates are normally more favourable when compared to the hourly rates charged by solicitors. Not all barristers accept public access work. In order to find a barrister qualified to undertake public access work, please see our Public Access Directory below.
Please complete the Public Access Inquiry Form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org and a clerk will contact you within the next 24 hours or please dial 0161 955 9000 to speak to a member of the clerking team.
|Commercial and Chancery||Criminal, Regulatory and Professional Disciplinary|
|Andrew Clark||Charles Garside QC|
|Robert Darbyshire||Paul Gilroy QC|
|Richard Price||Gerard McDermott QC|
|Paul Gilroy QC||Joanne Barnett|
|Gerard McDermott QC||Christina Chinnock|
|Nigel Grundy||Matthew Entwistle|
|Edward Morgan||Jane Mabon|
|Assunta Del Priore|
|Chris Kennedy QC|
|Gerard McDermott QC|
|Philip De Berry|