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Public Access

KBG Chambers Public Access Enquiry Form - http://kbgchambers.co.uk/public_access_form

Before 2004, clients had no direct access to barristers but had to go to a solicitor first. It is still generally the case that when legal proceedings are issued, both a solicitor and barrister are needed (the solicitor takes witness statements, investigates, and carries out the document management and disclosure process, and the barrister drafts formal court documents, provides legal advice and represents the client in court). However, earlier on, when you are seeking legal advice on whether you have a good claim or a good defence, or simply seeking advice about how to manage matters so as to avoid, if possible, a legal dispute arising, you can now go direct to a barrister for specialist advice. If the matter does eventually end up with legal proceedings and a solicitor is needed, at that stage the barrister can recommend a suitable firm of solicitors to work in conjunction with.

Historically barristers were only able to represent a client if instructed by a solicitor. In 2009, the regulations changed, meaning that members of the public can now instruct barristers directly. This has a number of advantages for the lay client, principally a financial saving.

Barristers are specialist advocates and advisers. Under the public access scheme, you can engage and deal directly with your barrister without the need to instruct a solicitor as well.

Direct public instruction means:

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FAQ

How do I contact a barrister for direct access?

Our clerks are trained in managing direct public instructions, experienced in recommending barristers with the relevant expertise to assist you and will ensure that business matters are dealt with efficiently and effectively. 

The first step is to complete our enquiry form http://kbgchambers.co.uk/public_access_formas soon as possible.  The clerks will then suggest a barrister to deal with your matter who will contact you directly to identify the salient features of your problem and the nature of the work required.  The clerks will then agree a fee with you, and the barrister will send you a contract for the work. This will set out the work to be done and the agreed fee.  When you receive the contract you will need to read it carefully. You should check that it sets out clearly the work and fee agreed, and confirm your agreement. If you think there are any problems with it you should contact us and discuss it before you confirm your agreement.

Please note that Counsel is not permitted to give legal advice before the terms of the contract are agreed. All discussions before the contract is agreed are purely for the purpose of identifying and costing the work to be quoted for.

How much will it cost?

We will give you a fixed price for advisory and drafting work in advance. If this is the case, we will not exceed the amount we have quoted without your express prior authority.  The fixed price will depend on the nature and complexity of your legal problem and the seniority of the barrister you choose to deal with your case.
We usually charge fixed-rate fees for advocacy in court. We will negotiate these fees with you in advance of appearing on your behalf.

When do I have to pay?

If we have provided you with a fixed price we will require the fees to be paid in advance of any work being done. 

Where further work is required by the barrister in addition to that which was initially agreed, an additional new quote and contract will be issued.

Payment can be made by BACS, cheque and from 1st Ocotber 2017 we now take Credit or Debit Card payments via the telephone. A small percentage fee does apply to all credit & debit card payments. Debit Cards - 1% of total fee; Credit Cards - 3% of total fee. All payments need to be made within 3 working days, accept for a cheque which needs to be 7 workign days.

What do I do with original copies of documents?

All the documents you send must be copies. Barristers do not have the same facilities for storing files and the Bar Council’s rules on public access do not oblige a barrister to retain documents. Thus for your protection you should keep all originals and only send copies to your barrister.

 

Where can I get further information?

More information about the Public Access rules is available on the Bar Council’s website: www.barcouncil.org.uk/instructing-a-barrister

KBG Members who are authorised undertake Public Access work

Shane Lyon

(Ancillary Relief, Financial provision, Care Proceedings, Children)

Garth Richardson

(Crime, Care Proceedings, Civil Law)

Ann Wallace

(Ancillary Relief, Financial provision, Care Proceedings, Children)

Rawdon Crozier

(Chancery, Commercial litigation, Employment, Equity Wills & Trusts, Landlord & Tenant, Housing, Insolvency,)

John Antell

(Chancery, Commercial litigation, Employment, Equity Wills & Trusts, Insolvency

Tim Pullen

(Chancery, Commercial litigation, Employment, Equity Wills & Trusts, Landlord & Tenant, Housing, Insolvency, Medical negligence, Personal Injury)

Deni Matthews

(Court martial, Criminal law, Regulatory work, Health & Safety, Immigration, Licensing)

Alison Crookes

(Ancillary Relief, Financial provision, Care Proceedings, Children)

Andrew Willetts

(Chancery, Commercial litigation, Employment, Equity Wills & Trusts, Landlord & Tenant, Housing, Insolvency, Medical negligence, Personal Injury)

Simon Green

(Care Proceedings, Children)

Thomas Challacombe

(Chancery, Commercial litigation, Employment, Equity Wills & Trusts, Landlord & Tenant, Housing, Insolvency, Medical negligence, Personal Injury)