Direct Access

We welcome instructions from accountants, surveyors and the many other professions and bodies entitled to instruct the Bar under the "licensed access" arrangements.

Many of our barristers are also able to provide their services direct to a company, an association or an individual under the direct public access scheme.

Barristers can advise, draft documents and can represent you in court, tribunals or mediations. Barristers can also negotiate on your behalf and can attend without prejudice or similar meetings. There are still a few limits on the types of work that a barrister can do and some situations in which you may need to instruct a solicitor as well as a barrister. However, for many cases the public access scheme allows you to go directly to the expert barrister.

When undertaking work directly for lay clients we will quote fees in advance. Depending on the nature of the task, the fee will be either a fixed fee for specified work, or an hourly rate. We think that clients will find the overall cost of using our barristers’ direct very competitive, particularly as any unnecessary duplication of fees is eliminated.

If you would like to enquire about instructing one of our barristers direct, please contact Sam Penny or in his absence clerks@4pumpcourt.com.