Direct Access Barrister

Often cheaper than going to a solicitor

I’m a Direct Access Barrister which means that you can instruct me if you so choose to, without having to go through a solicitor first. Sometimes Direct Access is called Direct Public Access which means the same thing. My regulator the Bar Standards Board has published a document called ‘Public Access Guidance for Lay Clients‘ which I am required to provide you with. If the link does not work then if you scroll to the end of this page there is a download button.

Instructing a Direct Access Barrister is often more cost effective because you are not paying a solicitor first.

Now, don’t get me wrong, solicitors are great and if you think you want to instruct me I am required to consider if you need a solicitor first. Further, a Direct Access Barrister is not a ‘one stop shop’ and you will still have to do a lot of work yourself. However, you can instruct a solicitor separately and also instruct a Direct Access Barrister at the same time.

I cover most of the country and am happy to travel. We can meet by Zoom if that is convenient for you.

I practice mostly chancery areas of law which means disputes regarding property, land, when someone has died, care home fees and when there are allegations of financial abuse of someone vulnerable or deceased. I also advise and represent clients in matrimonial finance matters, also called financial remedy.

As a Direct Access Barrister, I can represent you in all levels of court. This here is a photo of the Royal Courts of Justice.

Direct Access Barrister

  • I can represent you in court. This includes trials, hearings and case management matters.
  • Giving you advice in a meeting between us (called a conference)
  • Providing a written advice
  • Drafting court documents including claim form, particulars of claim, defence, reply, part 18 requests and other legal documents
  • Attending a mediation with you or other ADR
  • Conducting a site visit for example where there is a dispute between neighbours

When you are ready, go to the contact page and fill out the form. I will be in touch to talk about the next step.

“I do not have Ashley’s contact details, but could you express my thanks to her? I did so after the court hearing, but she did so well and was so friendly beforehand when we discussed the relevant details that I would like again to express my appreciation of her work.”

— A real landlord