Anyone can now go directly to a barrister without having to involve anyone else (e.g. a solicitor). The barrister’s role remains essentially the same as when they are approached by a solicitor or another intermediary. Barristers can advise you on your legal status or rights. Barristers can draft and send documents for you and can represent you in court, tribunals, mediations or disciplinary proceedings. Barristers can also negotiate on your behalf and can attend employment or investigative interviews and hearings where appropriate.
In practice this means that members of the public and companies can benefit from our expertise and efficiency without going to the additional expense of engaging a solicitor as well. Under the Direct Access scheme you only pay for the barrister and you know the cost up–front. You can also ‘switch’ to a barrister where you initially instructed a solicitor.
Litigation Qualified Barrister
Additional to the Direct Access scheme Head of Chambers Mr Lewis Perry and Mr John Otieno are qualified to undertake litigation and can effectively conduct a case from the very beginning to the end. This means that they can:
- Send letters serving documentation on your behalf under cover of Chambers headed notepaper
- Instruct expert witnesses on your behalf
- Issue proceedings or applications on your behalf
- Acknowledge service of proceedings
- Receive service of documentation at Chambers
- Issue notices of appeal