There are two types of direct access to barristers:
Licensed Access Instructions
Licensed Access permits members of a professional organisation, companies, firms and other organisations who have a licence from the Bar Council, to instruct a barrister directly. You can read more about it on the Bar Council website.
Public Access Instructions
Private individuals and corporate clients can instruct barristers directly via the Public Access scheme. You do not need to go through an intermediary, such as a solicitor, to instruct a barrister to provide legal advice or to represent you in court in many civil cases.
Barristers must qualify to accept Public Access instructions through specialist training. Please see the list of 2TG barristers able to accept public access instructions.
Under Public Access rules our barristers can:
- Provide expert legal advice
- Draft legal documents, formal court documents and correspondence
- Draft statements from litigants and witnesses
- Advice on choice and use of expert witnesses
- Represent you in court, at hearings, tribunals and in mediations
What barristers cannot do:
- Issue court documents on your behalf
- Contact witnesses directly
- Collect or investigate evidence
- Correspondence directly with the other side in the case
- Handle any client money e.g. they may not pay your court fees on your behalf
To instruct one of our barristers through Public Access, please talk to one of our clerks. They can help to assess whether 2TG can help you and give guidance on what level of expertise you may need.
Our clerks will also explain our costs. Barristers charge either an hourly rate, daily rate or a fixed fee, depending on the type of work involved. The amounts depend on the seniority and experience of the barrister, the complexity of the case and the amount of work involved. We are experienced in matching the right barrister to the case and we are as clear and accurate as possible in assessing fees, which will be agreed with you before any work is done.
Please see our Public Access Questionnaire, which you can complete and email direct to our clerks, or may find useful for reference if contacting us by phone.
Click here for a list of our barristers who accept instruction via Public Access.
Click here to view the Bar Standards Board’s Public Access Guidance for Lay Clients.