what is direct access?

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Direct access means that you can go straight to a barrister to get help for your case - either to get advice about what your next steps should be, or to negotiate an end to your case, or to represent you in court.



There are many advantages, the main one being cost. You may make a significant saving on solicitors' fees by cutting out the middleman, and only engaging us for the work for which you require professional help.

what do direct access barristers do?

All the usual things you would expect a barrister to do, and more.


Most obviously we will argue your case in court.  We will also give you straight-forward advice beforehand which will hopefully mean avoiding the heartache and expense of going to court.


We are also able to negotiate on your behalf, and if that is successful we can draft an agreement for you and the other side to sign.


We can also prepare some of the documentation that is required for court hearings - case summaries, chronologies, skeleton arguments, and statements of assets and liabilities.  We can also offer advice about filling in the various forms.

why use a barrister?

Barristers specialise in representing people like you in court.  As family lawyers most of our time is spent arguing on behalf of clients in all levels of courts.  We have years of experience in how to negotiate the best outcome for our client, and if negotiation fails we know the best way to present a client's case.


Barristers undergo a minimum of four years academic training, and then a further one year training "on the job". We are held to account by the Bar Council and have to maintain the highest professional standards.  We are also all backed by professional insurance.  McKenzie Friends may offer to represent you, but they do not have the training or professional requirements of a barrister.

what don't we do?

We aren't solicitors, so we don't go "on the record" with the court.  This means you remain a litigant-in-person, so you remain in control of your case as the court will deal directly with you, and you will deal directly with the court.  If your case requires a solicitor, we will tell you.


We can't sign documents on your behalf, nor lodge them at court.  We also won't write letters on your behalf, unless you have told us you want us to try and negotiate a settlement.