Anyone can go directly to a barrister without having to involve a solicitor. Barristers can advise about legal status or rights, prepare documents and can represent clients in court, tribunals or in mediations. Barristers can also negotiate on a client’s behalf and can attend employment or investigative interviews and hearings.
There are limits on the types of work that a barrister can accept so there are situations where members of the public would need to instruct a solicitor before a barrister.
Not all barristers are able to accept public access work. Those at Hailsham Chambers who can are listed here.
To find out if accessing a barrister directly may be possible, please contact Stuart Paley, the direct access clerk.