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What is Direct Access?

Direct access (or Public Access) enables members of the public to instruct a barrister directly, rather than being referred by a solicitor first and having the solicitor liaise with the barrister on your behalf. The barrister’s role remains the same, meaning that they are qualified to:

• Provide you with expert legal advice about the merits and potential outcomes of your case

• Assist you with drafting correspondence

• Help to draft statements from litigants and witnesses

• Draft formal court documents

• Advise you on suitable experts and draft instructions to expert witnesses

• Offer you advice on the next steps to be taken in proceedings

• Assist you in trying to resolve your case and

• Represent you in court

Most barristers who offer Direct Access do not offer to conduct litigation. That means that the responsibility for the day to day management of your case will remain with you.

Our dedicated team of family law barristers are readily available to assist with your legal queries and cases. You can see our Direct Access team below.

Due to COVID-19 many hearings in the Family Court are now being held remotely by telephone or video. Resolution’s Litigants in Person Committee, which includes Coram’s Matthew Shaw, has provided a guide to preparing for, joining and participating in remote hearings. If you are instructing a Direct Access family barrister you will find this guidance useful.

Further guidance on the direct access scheme can be found on the Bar Standards Board website.