Direct Access to a Barrister

A number of barristers at 9 St John Street Chambers can now offer their legal services directly to anyone without the need for a solicitor to be involved.

What is the Public Access Scheme?

The Public Access scheme allows members of the Public, and commercial and non-commercial organisations to instruct barristers directly on most matters.

We have barristers with a broad range of expertise and experience to cover a variety of cases and budgetary requirements.

What work can a barrister do?

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.

We are happy to discuss your enquiry with you and assess whether it is suitable for public access.

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.

If we're unable to take on your case, we may be able to point you in the direction of a solicitor or other organisation who can help.

What is the advantage of Public Access?

Public access is a cost effective, transparent process which allows you to contact a barrister directly.

What are the costs involved?

Public Access cases are often charged at barristers' commercial hourly rates which are competitive in the legal marketplace. In some cases and where it is appropriate, work may be charged on a fixed fee basis.

Under the public access scheme, our fees are paid in advance and prior to the barrister carrying out any work. This will be set out in the client care letter provided to you.

What is the process involved?

You should complete the Public Access Inquiry Form and email it to the relevant inbox (see below).  This will then be forwarded on your behalf to a public access barrister in the relevant practice area for review. If we are able to accept your case we will send you a client care letter setting out what work we will do and the cost for doing so. 

Only when you have given your agreement, by returning a signed copy of the client care letter and forwarding payment will the agreed work begin.

How do I get in contact or how do I get in contact with Chambers?

If it’s about public access work, in the first instance you should contact us by email to the relevant inbox using the Public Access Inquiry Form (see below).

If you need to speak to one of our clerking team, you can reach us on 0161 955 9000. Our opening hours are between 9am and 6pm (Monday to Friday).

I want to request a Barrister, what should I do?

Please complete the Public Access Inquiry Form and send to us by email at the following addresses:

Where can I get further guidance and information?

The Bar Standards Board’s 'Public Access Guidance' document will explain how the scheme works and show you how you can use it.

In order to find a barrister qualified to undertake public access work, please see our Public Access Directory below.

Commercial and Chancery

Criminal, Regulatory and Professional Disciplinary

Employment Law


Personal Injury