As a member of the public, you have the option of directly instructing a barrister, rather than using
an intermediary such as solicitor, or another recognised third party through whom a barrister could
In short, the public access scheme could potentially save you money, as you would be paying for a barrister only instead of a barrister and solicitor.
Although our barristers would be able to deal with most aspects of the case, you could have to assist in some limited areas, generally with filing documents with the court.
All of our areas of practice are suitable for Direct Access. When assessing the suitability of your case, our barristers will take into account, the nature of the work and your ability to deal with any
aspects of the case which would normally be carried out by a solicitor that cannot be covered by a public access barrister.
Should you wish to discuss your matter further, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Yes, you may instruct a Direct Access barrister of your choice, even though you have already instructed a solicitor.
Normally we charge an hourly rate and in some circumstances we may agree a fixed fee, depending upon the nature of the instructions.
a) A barrister may appear on your behalf at Court.
b) A barrister may give you legal advice.
c) A barrister may draft documents for you, such as a Claim, Defence or an Application.
d) A barrister may advise you on the formal steps which need to be taken in proceedings before a court or other organisation and draft formal documents for use in those proceedings.
e) A barrister may draft and send letters for you on his Chambers’ headed paper.
f) If a witness statement from you is required in proceedings, a barrister may prepare that statement from what you tell him or her. A barrister may also help to prepare witness statements from another
person based on the information which that person has provided.
g) Where a case requires an expert witness (for example, a surveyor), a barrister may advise you on the choice of a suitable expert and may draft a letter of instruction which you can then send to the expert as a letter from you on your own notepaper.
Lincoln’s Inn is an active and thriving society of English Barristers, regulated in England and Wales, with a very long history situated in a tranquil enclave of some 11 acres in central London. “Lincoln’s Inn” thus refers both to the Society and the “Place”.
The picture at the top of this pate shows some of the gardens of Lincoln’s Inn
The following are examples of work that a barrister is not allowed to do:
a) A barrister cannot issue proceedings on your behalf or to issue other applications or to take other formal steps in court or other proceedings. You would have to send the documents to the court, although the barrister could help prepare them for you.
b) A barrister is not allowed to instruct an expert witness on your behalf.
c) A barrister is not allowed to take responsibility for the handling of clients’ affairs, or to handle clients’ money.