Direct Access

39 Essex Chambers undertakes direct access work in two forms:

  1. Licensed Access – This allows members of a professional organisation, companies, firms and other organisations to instruct a barrister directly, provided they have a licence to instruct counsel from the Bar Council. Licensed Access Guidance and Rules – Handbook for Clients.
  2. Public Access – This allows members of the public, commercial and non-commercial organisations to be able to instruct barristers directly on most civil matters. Public Access Guidance and Rules.

Our barristers can provide you with expert legal advice, draft documents such as contracts and standard terms of business, help you to draft correspondence, help to draft statements from litigants and witnesses, advise you on suitable experts and draft instructions to expert witnesses, offer you advice on the next steps to be taken in proceedings and draft formal court documents.

Our barristers cannot issue court documents on your behalf, contact witnesses or collect and investigate evidence, instruct an expert witness on your behalf, handle your money or correspond with the other side on your behalf.

If you have a legal matter and wish to instruct a barrister under one of the above schemes, please contact us and discuss it with one of our Practice Managers on 020 832 1111 or by email

Call +44 (0)20 7832 1111 for more information

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