T: 020 7092 3700
DX 404 Chancery Lane


Coram Chambers provides direct access barrister services for family law disputes in London and surrounding areas.

Q: Can I hire a family law barrister directly?

A: Yes, a member of the public can in many cases obtain legal advice and/or legal representation without needing to have a solicitor. You can come direct to the barrister. This way of getting legal advice and / or representation from a barrister is known as direct access. It is sometimes also called public access.


Q: How does direct access or public access work?

A: To send our team a direct access inquiry, email: clerks@coramchambers.co.uk. We guarantee that our Clerking Team will respond within 30 minutes during working hours (8:30am-5:30pm Monday to Friday). In your email, please try and tell us as much about your case as possible so that we can select the right barrister from the team.

Many direct access barristers in the team offer a free 15 minute telephone discussion to talk about your requirements before you commit.

Once a fee is agreed between you and the direct access barrister, the barrister will issue a client care letter setting out the fees, timescales and terms on which their direct access services are offered. If accepted by you, pre-payment is requested using our secure online payment portal or through phoning our direct access team. After the barrister has agreed the terms with you and payment has been made, the barrister will undertake the work requested.


Q: How much does a Direct Access Barrister charge?

A: Direct access barrister fees can vary depending on which barrister you select. Upon your inquiry, we will provide a fixed fee quote based on each barrister’s hourly rate and complete the work within the agreed timescales.


Q: What rules govern Direct Access Barristers?

A: Direct access is governed by The Public Access Rules, which is an annex to the Bar Code of Conduct. Details of the rules and the scheme are available on the website of the Bar Standards Board.

All barristers who undertake direct access work must have completed an accredited course and be registered with the Bar Council.

If you would like further information about what is involved, the Bar Council has produced the following guidance for members of the public who wish to instruct a barrister direct.


Q: What do your direct access / public access clients say about you?

A: “Thank you so much for all your hard work.  I am so grateful to you.  You were brilliant all along.  I am happy I have now got a final result and I am content with it.  I have some closure and finality about a lot of issues, and the contact times in black and white will help for the future.  You have helped me greatly.”
“Thank you for all that you did on Tuesday – it couldn’t have been a better result.  And I have a huge respect for how you handled the case, your client, and the other side!”
“Thank you so much for this and all of your help, you have been really great.  Please pass on my thanks to Richard too for yesterday, he was truly amazing.  I could not have done this without him and I will be eternally grateful.”


Q: What do I do next?

A: Contact us below and our team of direct access barristers in London will get back to you shortly.


To get in touch with our direct access team, please use the details below:

Coram Chambers
9-11 Fulwood Place

Tel: 020 7092 3700
Email: clerks@coramchambers.co.uk

WEEK DAYS: 08:30 – 18:30

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