The Public and Licensed Access schemes allow lay clients to instruct barristers directly without first instructing a solicitor or other lawyer.
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.
Public Access – This allows members of the public, commercial and non-commercial organisations to be able to instruct barristers directly on most civil matters. Guidance for Lay Clients.
Our barristers are qualified to:
The schemes do not fundamentally change the role of a barrister as a specialist adviser, and so there are limits on what we can do for you. We will need to be satisfied that you can undertake certain tasks yourself, albeit with our guidance. In certain cases and situations we may also feel that it is in your best interests to instruct a solicitor to assist, and we will be happy to recommend suitable options.
Tasks we cannot undertake ourselves include:
We accept Public Access instructions on a privately funded basis only, and our policy is to take payment in advance of counsel undertaking any work. We accept funds by bank transfer or cheque. The cost of instructing a barrister at 39 Essex Chambers will depend on the complexity of your case, the seniority of counsel, the amount of work involved, and the urgency of the work. The quotes will either be on an hourly rate or fixed fee (brief fee/ refresher) basis, plus VAT, subject to what is most appropriate for the case and is most cost effective. Our practice managers will explain the implications of instructing a barrister privately, and the likely costs you will incur. They will also provide you with information about the likely key stages and timescales involved.
We will always provide you with a clear pricing structure for handling your case and we will return your documents to you free of charge if you decide you don’t want to use our services having provided that pricing to you. You will be asked to pay in advance. This means you will never be charged for work that you have not already agreed one of our barristers should carry out.
We do not accept Public Access Instructions in the following areas:
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.