Kings Chambers has a number of registered Public Access barristers who can assist with advice, drafting and representation.
The fees for Public Access work will vary depending on your budget and the nature of the matter which you need assistance with.
What are the advantages of Public Access?
The main advantage of Public Access is that it could potentially be cost effective as you would be paying for the services of a barrister only instead of a barrister and a solicitor. It is worth bearing in mind however that whilst the barrister would be able to deal with many aspects of a case, you may have to assist in some areas, including filing documents with the court for example.
What are the differences between the services offered by a barrister and a solicitor?
Barristers specialise in providing expert legal advice, representing clients in court and drafting legal documents. Solicitors normally give advice to and draft documents for their clients, or may instruct a barrister to provide this service.
Barristers are not able to provide some of the services that solicitors offer. For example, they are not allowed to hold clients’ money in an account and unless they have been authorised to do so, they will not be able to conduct litigation on your behalf in a Public Access matter.
Is my case suitable for Public Access?
Not all matters can be dealt with through the Public Access route and in such circumstances it may be more appropriate to refer you to a solicitor (for example, Public Access is not available if your matter is funded by Legal Aid).
If we assess that your case is not suitable for Public Access we will inform you as soon as possible.
How do I instruct a barrister?
If you are interested in enquiring about our Public Access service please complete our ‘Initial Contact & Application Form’ which can be downloaded here. Completed forms should be returned by email to email@example.com or by post to:
36 Young Street
What are the fees for Public Access and when do I have to pay the barrister?
Kings Chambers is committed to providing a high quality service at competitive rates. The basis on which fees are charged will be agreed with our Clerks in advance of work being performed and a written quotation will be provided on request and outlined in the contract between yourself and the barrister. The basis upon which fees are charged will take into consideration a number of factors including:
Fees will either be set at a fixed rate, charged on a per unit basis (for example if the barrister is required to attend a hearing) or on a hourly rate. The agreed fee will be included in the contract between yourself and the barrister and payment of this fee will be required in advance. Our barristers will only be able to accept instructions on the basis that the agreed fee amount is received as cleared funds in advance of work commencing.
All fees stated are exclusive of VAT unless otherwise indicated.
Do I enter into a contract with the barrister?
Yes. Once instructions have been received and a fee agreed you will receive a client care letter and terms of engagement which you must sign and return. It is important that you fully read and understand these documents as they form a contract between you and the barrister.
Public Access Guidance
You can access and download a copy of the Bar Standards Board’s Public Access Guidance for Lay Clients here. This guide explains how the Public Access scheme works and illustrates how members of the public may instruct barristers directly.
For more information about Public Access at Kings Chambers please contact our Clerks via firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0345 034 3444 and they will be happy to assist.
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