Members of the public who wish to instruct a Barrister under the Public Access scheme. We will provide you with a quote as soon as possible.
Whilst we undertake work under the Public Access scheme we are not authorised to conduct Litigation.
Members of the public may need to issue proceedings, file documents for Court and serve documents on other parties. You may also need to instruct solicitors to conduct litigation on your behalf. In some cases we may recommend that solicitors are instructed either due to the complex nature of the case or because you as a public access client may require more assistance than we may be able to provide.
We always aim to set out quotes clearly, but if you receive your quote and there is something you do not understand, please contact us.
We charge hourly rates for private criminal work and private commercial work that is undertaken.
Timescales for a case may vary depending on factors such as the following:
The availability of a Barrister;
The availability of a client (You) or relevant third parties;
The complexity of the case;
The amount of papers the Barrister needs to review;
The need for additional information or documents;
The approach taken by the other side; and
Court waiting times.
If you are a member of the public, the Bar Standards Board’s Public Access Guidance for Lay Clients will help you to understand how the Public Access scheme works, and explains how you can use it to instruct Barristers directly.
This shows (1) whether a Barrister has a current practising certificate, and (2) whether a Barrister has any disciplinary findings, which are published on the Bar Standards Board’s website in accordance with their policy. Alternatively, you can contact the Bar Standards Board on 020 7611 1444 to ask about this (or e-mail ContactUs@BarStandardsBoard.org.uk).
A separate sheet is enclosed which provides information about:
Our complaints procedure and time limits for making a complaint;
Any right you may have to complain to the Legal Ombudsman (LeO) – the independent body which can help you if you have complained to your lawyer and are not happy with their response.
You can complain to the Legal Ombudsman (LeO) if you are unhappy with the final response for your complaint or if your complaint has not been dealt with in a period of eight weeks; and
Those who have a right to complain to the Legal Ombudsman (LeO) are generally individuals, small businesses and charities.
A full list of those who have a right to complain to the Legal Ombudsman (LeO) is available on the website. Please see link below:
How to complain to the Legal Ombudsman (LeO):
You can write to the Legal Ombudsman at:
Legal Ombudsman PO Box 6806, Wolverhampton WV1 9WJ
Telephone number: 0300 555 0333
This website shows providers which received an ombudsman’s decision in the previous calendar year, and whether the Legal Ombudsman’s (LeO) required the provider to give the consumer a remedy. Alternatively, you can contact the Legal Ombudsman (LeO) on 0300 555 0333 to ask about this (or email email@example.com).
Please note that this Fact Sheet is available in an alternative format. If you require this Fact Sheet in an alternative format please contact us.