Until recent changes in regulation, members of the public required a solicitor in order to obtain advice and representation from a specialist barrister. The direct access barrister scheme enables the instruction of a barrister without the need for the additional cost of a solicitor. We offer access to your personal barrister with the range of skills required to assist you at every stage of a dispute. Whether you are seeking early advice in order to avoid litigation, or you require expert representation at a court hearing, we can assist you by putting you in touch with an expert.
Instruct a Barrister Directly
Nationwide Barristers appreciate the emotional and financial stress that can be caused by the litigation process. The first step towards expert advice is to complete our online enquiry form. A public access barrister will then carefully consider the relevant legal issues so that a free consultation can be arranged as quickly as possible.
At this stage you decide whether you want to enter a contract with a public access barrister to conduct work on your behalf.
You will retain control. You will decide the amount of work you want your personal barrister to conduct. No referral fees. Just a simple arrangement between you and your public access barrister.
The public access barrister scheme enables individuals to approach barristers directly. We will guide you through the court process with as much or as little assistance as necessary. The traditional approach is for a member of the public, or business, to approach a solicitor. The solicitor will conduct the initial correspondence and may advise during the early stages. Traditionally barristers will be instructed by the solicitor at a stage at which the dispute is likely to reach court or already has. Early involvement of a public access barrister, without the need for solicitor, ensures that expert advocacy and representation is available to the client from the very start and cuts the cost of litigation substantially. You only pay for one legal professional, not for two.
Our Approach is simple. We offer fixed fee packages so that you have the certainty that is often lacking when approaching solicitors. Nationwide Barristers operate free online conferencing facilities to cut the costs incurred by face to face meetings. As we are all self-employed barristers, we can offer services without the expensive costs that solicitors have to charge for. Unlike solicitors, we do not require large city centre locations and large numbers of administrative staff. Nationwide Barristers keep the arrangements with our clients simple by cutting out expense that can be avoided. Contact us for a free initial consultation with a public access barrister.