DOES THE BARRISTER HAVE TO ACCEPT THE PUBLIC ACCESS WORK?
Our Chambers reserves the right whether or not to accept a case that is suitable for public access.
If we decide to accept your instructions, you will be sent a client care letter that clearly sets out the work to be undertaken, the terms and conditions, states how much the work will cost and the deadline for making those payments.
As a direct public access chambers, our barrister is under a duty to consider whether a case remains suitable for public access and there is a continual review carried out by the barrister.
In rare cases where the circumstances of your case change and that change is deemed no longer suitable for public access e.g. you require the assistance of a solicitor, then we are under a duty to refuse to continue to act under direct public access. Your barrister will provide you with detailed reasons should this be the case.
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.