Barristers are part of a referral profession. Traditionally this has meant receiving cases from a solicitor who sought the expert advice and advocacy skills a barrister can provide. However in recent years the code of conduct under which barristers operate has altered. This means that both lay clients and professional organisations can seek the services of a barrister directly without having to go to a solicitor first.
Barristers at 15NBS Chambers are able to accept work directly from a lay or professional client under a Public Access Scheme. The Public Access Scheme enables a lay or professional client to access the specialist expertise of a barrister without having to incur the additional cost and time of instructing a solicitor in certain cases.
We provide a professional, personal, and approachable service to clients in what we understand can often be a confusing environment. Our barristers are specially trained to discuss and advise on your legal query, and where appropriate provide representation in court. All cases are dealt with in a confidential, professional and sensitive manner.
With considerable reductions taking place in the types of cases which qualify for legal aid, clients are increasingly finding themselves funding their own legal representation. For cases eligible under the Public Access Scheme it may be far more cost effective to instruct a barrister directly.
Most of our Barristers are trained to accept instructions directly from professional or lay clients, without the need to engage the services of a solicitor. Public access is only available in certain types of cases, and it cannot be used for cases funded by a legal aid order.
The Bar Standards Board which regulate barristers and the work they do has issued helpful guidance for clients who are considering directly instructing a barrister. View for a copy of that guidance here.