Direct Public Access
Under the Public Access Scheme, most Members of Justitia are able to accept instructions from lay clients, ie those who are seeking legal advice and representation but are not professionally qualified. This can save the client money as it means they do not need to go through a solicitor first but can come straight to the barrister.
In order to do this, the client is asked to sign a client care letter which forms a contract between the barrister and the client for legal services. The barrister cannot usually conduct litigation so the client must take responsibility for providing an address for service to the Court and correspondence with the other parties in their case. They must be able to undertake administrative tasks in relation to issuing and serving documents and the payment of any Court fees which would normally be handled by a solicitor.
It may be that your barrister will advise you that your case would be more appropriately conducted in conjunction with a solicitor or that you are eligible for legal aid in which case a solicitor would need to be instructed as well since barristers do not themselves hold contracts with the Legal Aid Agency.
Our Members offer legal services, advice and advocacy at all levels of the Court system including the Immigration First Tier and Upper Tribunals as well as the High Court, Administrative Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. Whilst not all of following areas would be sutable for direct access we can advise and represent in cases involving:
Meaning of Persecution
Errors of Law/Procedure
For more information about instructing our Members on a direct access basis, please call the number above or email the Chambers Director via or submit your details on our Contact Us page.