Public Access allows companies and members of the general public seeking legal advice or any form of representation to instruct a barrister directly in all areas of law without the need to retain a solicitor.
Consumers of public access legal services will benefit from approachable and high quality services provided through:
- Fast access to specialist advice
- Reduced legal costs
- Greater control over the success of their case
- Lower financial risk
- Value for money
Anyone can now go directly to a barrister without having to involve a solicitor. The barrister’s role remains the same as when they are approached by a solicitor or another intermediary. The barrister can advise you on your legal status or rights and can draft and send documents for you and represent you in court, tribunals or mediations. The barrister can also negotiate on your behalf and can attend employment or investigative interviews and hearings where appropriate.
Because the role of the barrister is unchanged and there are limits on the types of work that a barrister can do, there are still some cases and situations in which you will need to instruct a solicitor or another intermediary as well as a barrister. However, for many cases the public access scheme allows you to go directly to the expert barrister for advice, representation and drafting.