Once you are happy with the barrister (after the initial free telephone conference) and you want to go ahead and instruct the barrister to help you with your case preparation and/or to represent you in court, you will need to formally instruct us. Formal instruction is a contract between you and chambers.
You are invited to see our chamber’s website as to the type of work we can do for you.
On the acceptance of formal instructions your barrister will review the case to assess the amount of papers to be reviewed, the complexity of the case, the need for additional information or documents and the approach being taken by the other side. Your barrister will carry out a merits assessment of your papers and advise you accordingly during Skype or telephone conference as set out in your client care letter.
We can accept your instructions after we have read your papers (we will provide you with a dropbox facility which will allow you to upload your papers. Please note we do not accept hard copies at this stage) and advise you whether or not we are able to do the work within the time-frame that you need.
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.