What is direct access?
Direct access to barristers enables members of the public, whether companies or individuals, to go directly to a barrister without having to involve an instructing solicitor or other intermediary. Direct access is also known as public access.
A barrister may accept direct access instructions in any area of practice, including working for clients who might be entitled to legal aid.
A barrister working directly with clients will be able to give clients advice, represent them in court and negotiate on their behalf, and assist them with drafting documents and correspondence.