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The Public Access Scheme allows members of the public to instruct a barrister directly. In the past it had been necessary for clients to use a solicitor or other third party in order to instruct a barrister. The process, which has been operating since 2004, can, where appropriate, save an individual considerable financial and administrative expense. This process is referred to as “Direct Access” or “Public Access”.
You can access a barrister in all of our Areas of Expertise.
Not all of our barristers are members of the Public Access Scheme so please see below for a list of those barristers at Six Pump Court qualified to accept instructions directly from a member of the public.
Advantages of instructing our barristers direct
By instructing direct, clients can have access to a potentially more economical and accessible service. There are significant cost savings to be made by instructing a barrister direct rather than going through a solicitor or other legal intermediary. Furthermore, by having the direct contact with the barrister, clients have the opportunity to achieve more control and involvement in their case.
Which areas of law are suitable for direct access?
Barristers are licensed under the Public Access Scheme across all of our Areas of Expertise. To check whether a particular barrister is qualified, see the list below and visit their profile page on our website or contact the Clerks.
Public Access services in the areas of law listed below are subject to specific price and service transparency regulatory requirements. Where a particular barrister accepts instructions in any of these areas of work their individual profile includes the required additional information.
Financial disputes arising out of divorce
Inheritance Act advices
Personal injury claims
Driving offences (summary only)
Winding up petitions
Is my case suitable under the Public Access Scheme?
If you are unsure as to whether your case is suitable, you can contact the clerks at Six Pump Court to discuss further.
You can also visit the Bar Standards Board website which has a useful document outlining the scheme for clients. To access this click here
The BSB also publish Guidance for members of the public (sometimes referred to as “Lay Clients”) that provides more detail regarding how the Public Access Scheme works, and shows members of the public how they can use it to instruct barristers directly. You can access this here.
We may be contacted to provide a quote for legal services and provide contact details of the appropriate clerk and or barrister.
In all Areas of Expertise which are paid privately, Barristers in Chambers will charge hourly rates, fixed or “brief fees” or a combination of both depending on the individual circumstances of the case involved.
Some Barristers also accept instructions under conditional (“no win, no fee”) agreements in certain circumstances.
VAT, as well as additional fees (Court fees etc.), may also be added to your costs where applicable.
We aim to provide you with a quote which is clearly set out as soon as possible following your enquiry.
Please contact the clerks.
Timescales for a case may vary depending on factors such as barristers’ availability, the type and complexity of the case, the other side’s approach and the relevant court system.
How do I instruct a barrister at Six Pump Court?
In the first instance contact the clerks with your enquiry.
Our Public Access barristers
Barristers at Six Pump Court Chambers that are qualified to accept direct instructions under the Public Access Scheme are:-
Stephen Hockman QC
Richard Barraclough QC
Oliver Saxby QC
William Upton QC
Ian Rees Phillips