Top 10 Tips - A Guide to the Effective Resolution of Legal Issues in your Family or Relationship



If you want to know what your options are or if you need to start or respond to proceedings, then coming to a barrister first of all has real advantages, your barrister will help you plan what to do and will help you decide what to do.

He or she will act as your personal legal representative, guiding you through the process and getting you the result you need. Your barrister can do most things that a solicitor can and will resolve your legal issue as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.You will understand what’s going on and you’ll feel in control.

You’ll be clear about the cost too. Barristers are obliged to agree fees upfront, so the clock won’t be ticking as it would with a solicitor. You’ll be clear about costs from the start.Because barristers are self-employed, they cost less than you’d think.A recent report by Her Majesty’s Court Service estimated that using a barrister can be at least 25% cheaper than using a solicitor.

Going to a barrister first has real benefits and you are able to seek the very highest calibre legal advice from a specialist expert who saves time by cutting through to what matters,  avoiding unnecessary process and offer real value for money

So here are our Top 10 Tips on how to resolve your family and relationship issue: 

  1. The legal world can be a complex and confusing place. If you involve a barrister right from the start, he or she can act as your personal legal representative, guiding you through the process, at your side throughout and helping you understand and stay in control.

  2. Barristers are expert tacticians; your barrister will help you plan how to approach your case and talk you through your various options – you’ll be clear at all times about what’s going on, and what’s happening next.

  3. Barristers are specialists in their field – that’s why solicitors consult them when things get difficult or complex.You’ll have direct access to this specialist knowledge.

  4. Legal action can be expensive. It’s best to agree costs up front and agree the basis of payment. Solicitors work on an hourly basis, charging a rate that reflects their high overheads; a barrister on the other hand is self-employed and has much lower overheads.They often work at lower rates and will agree a fixed cost for each stage up front.

  5. You want to focus on the resolution of your case rather than on legal process; barristers think in very different way to solicitors – they focus on action, cutting through the detail to what matters and pushing for a resolution.

  6. If your situation calls for it, barristers can be tough and decisive on your behalf. Their experience as advocates in court equips them well to represent your interests.

  7. Legal cases can feel slow and cumbersome, and you can feel you are lost in a big machine. Because barristers fewer clients at any one time, and because they are raised in the cut and thrust of the court, they are generally quicker and more decisive than other advisers.

  8. If your case goes to court, or you are in negotiation with the other side, it makes sense for your barrister to be intimately involved in your case right from the start. Solicitors often involve barristers at the last minute, and he or she may only get briefed on your case a short time before court or negotiation. If you already have your own barrister on board, they will be able to make your case more strongly

  9. Some barristers are trained mediators or arbitrators.They will act as your representative in a structured process that reaches resolution with the other side without the need for aggressive legal action and without going to court (you can learn more about this at

10. If you simply want to know where you stand and what your options are, you can appoint a barrister to provide a formal legal opinion that helps you decide what to do.You can learn more about this from the  myBarrister website at