CONFIDENTIALITY AND COMPLUSORY DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION
Your barrister is under a duty to keep your affairs confidential, this is called ‘legal professional privilege’ and protects your communication with your barrister from being disclosed to others unless you provide written consent. The only exception is that any lawyer may be required by law to disclose information to certain authorities, and to do so without your consent or informing you of the disclosure. For further information, click on the link for Bar Standards Board Handbook -Public Access Guidance for Lay Clients.
REGULATED BY THE BAR STANDARDS BOARD
Direct Access barristers are regulated by the Bar Council and the Bar Standards Board and have strict professional rules by which they abide, giving you the benefit of consumer protection and the backing of a professional conduct regime built up over centuries.
Only the barristers who have achieved a specialist direct access qualification are allowed to work directly with clients.