Public Access

The Barristers listed below accept public access instructions from individuals, company and commercial clients. There are certain instances where it is not possible or permissible to accept instructions but that will be dealt with at the time an enquiry is received.

In the right circumstances a Public Access Barrister can represent a client in Court and users of the scheme have been impressed with the results, the cost savings and the speed and efficiency of service.

Each public access Barrister has been qualified for at least 3 years and has undergone the appropriate accreditation.

Under Public Access we are permitted to:  

  • Provide appropriate advice
  • Draft documents for you, such as contracts of employment, skeleton arguments etc.
  • Advise on the procedural steps taken before a court or tribunal and draft formal documents.
  • Prepare witness statements based on information given by the witness to the barrister.
  • Advise on the choice of expert, if appropriate, and draft your letter of instruction. We are not allowed to send a letter on your behalf.
  • Draft a letter to someone else on your behalf. Again we are not allowed to send it on your behalf.
  • Provide representation at a court or tribunal in appropriate circumstances.

Under Public Access we are NOT permitted to conduct litigation.

Examples are as follows:

  • Issuing proceedings before any court or tribunal.
  • Acknowledging service of proceedings.
  • Giving the barristers’ address as the address for service of the party for whom the barrister is acting.
  • Signing a statement of truth on behalf of a client.
  • Issuing applications and taking other formal steps in proceedings.
  • Issuing notices of appeal.

Acceptance of instructions

There are many legitimate reasons why a barrister may (and on occasion must) decide that it is inappropriate for him or her to accept a case on a public access basis. These include:

  • The case is complex and will need work undertaken  by a solicitor or other qualified person.
  • The lay client’s interests require a solicitor’s involvement.
  • The fee is insufficient.
  • Public funding would be available to the client if a solicitor was instructed.

Further information

For more information or to instruct a barrister contact our clerk at